Barcelona are pushing forward for the signing of Raphinha as they are aware of Leeds United’s precarious position, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The Premier League outfit have appeared quite proactive in the market so far, having brought in the likes of Rasmus Kristensen, Tyler Adams, Marc Roca and Brenden Aaronson. But the most notable acquisition from Barça’s perspective was Luis Sinisterra.
The Colombian winger is thought to be the replacement for Raphinha, which means the club are now in desperate need to sanction the sale of the Brazilian international if they are to balance the books ahead of the new season.
Barcelona and Chelsea are currently the two clubs involved in the pursuit of Raphinha, with the Blues likely to have tabled a far better offer, worth around €70 million.
Barcelona, in contrast, are hoping to complete a move for Raphinha for a fee of around €50-55 million. The Catalans are even confident of their chances of pulling off the deal as they have the all-important backing of Raphinha and his agent Deco.
Deco has already played a key role in denying Chelsea’s prospects of signing Raphinha this summer by delaying the player’s response to the club’s contract offer. Not to mention, the player himself is determined to join Barcelona, which could play into the hands of Joan Laporta and co.
Barcelona are confident their recent proposal of €50-55 million should be enough to get the deal over the line, especially as the offer also includes several performance-related add-ons.
So the ball is now on Leeds United’s court as they look to quickly sanction the sale of Raphinha in lieu of a much-needed financial injection that could go a long way in helping them balance the books.