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Barcelona must battle to meet Leeds' asking price for Raphinha

Barcelona must battle to meet Leeds' asking price for Raphinha

24/03/2022; 5:06 PM Steven D. Thompson By : Steven D. Thompson

Barcelona are rebuilding, and the team is looking good currently, with the Catalan giants looking to add more quality to the squad. The club are eager to challenge for titles next season.

The arrival of Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore has rejuvenated the club, but they still have a long way to go, as Barcelona are currently playing in the Europa League.

Barcelona are looking to beat all comers to the signing of Leeds winger Raphinha. The £60 million demand by Leeds United is inhibiting for the club that has looked to free transfers to boost its squad.

Barcelona interested in signing Raphinha

With money a problem, Barcelona would find it would be an arduous task to sign top players. Barcelona have eyes on Erling Haaland among other players of interest, but the financial situation at the club is limiting any transaction.

Los Blaugrana are currently hoping to sign Raphinha from Leeds United, but the asking price for the player is well beyond the reach of the Catalan giants. The Brazilian winger would be a huge boost for Barcelona.

Joan Laporta would need to weave his magic again to land the winger. Raphinha has attracted interest from several clubs, both within and outside England.

Leeds fielding offers as they brace to lose Raphinha

As per the Daily Mail, Barcelona may be at the head of the queue to land Raphinha, but Leeds United are not ready to lose the winger for cheap. Despite the excellent relationship between Barcelona and the player’s agent Deco, they would still need to trump up the cash to make the Brazilian a Barcelona player.

Leeds are ready for offers that will arrive for their star man. They have resigned to losing him in the summer and already scouting for replacements for the 25-year-old. Raphinha wants to play in the UEFA Champions League and is open to leaving the club to achieve his dreams.

West Ham asked for the player in January but were rebuffed by Leeds. According to Leeds, they wanted him to stick around and help the club preserve its Premier League status.

Raphinha cost Leeds United £17 million to join the club from Rennes in 2020. The Brazilian is one of the lowest earners at the club and would want a bigger stage to showcase his qualities. Raphinha is looking to cement his place in the Brazilian set-up for the World Cup in Qatar.

Asides from Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are among the clubs following the player's progress and looking to swoop in to sign him. Liverpool and Newcastle are also candidates to sign the Brazilian.

Barcelona hopes to raise funds from the potential sales of players like Phillipe Coutinho. Aston Villa, Newcastle and Arsenal remain keen on signing Coutinho

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