Leeds United star Raphinha's Barcelona move could collapse as Robert Lewandowski a 'main option'
Leeds United star Raphinha’s potential move to Barcelona has been dealt a blow with the news that Robert Lewandowski has been offered a four-year deal.
Sport in Spain are reporting that the Bayern Munich striker wants the move and good relations between Catalan president Joan Laporta and the Pole’s agent increase the chances of success.
Gianluigi Longari added on Twitter that the record-breaking goalscorer is “one of the main options” to move to the Camp Nou and that he “would like this opportunity”.
Xavi’s La Liga giants are known to want United’s Brazilian star as well, and negotiations between his agent Deco and the Portuguese’s former club are ongoing.
But the price is already believed to be a sticking point, with Graham Smyth of the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting that there is no buy-out clause in his deal.
That leaves the price of £29million that the Blaugrana reportedly would like to pay a non-starter.
The chances of The Whites’ star moving to Spain have reduced with this news, in a major boost to fans.
There are other suitors who may revive their interest now, but a Barcelona transfer was looking most likely and that is now in doubt.
AS in Spain had already suggested this week that Xavi was targeting a main striker as a priority, meaning they had the “handbrake on” in the Raphinha deal.
If that priority is going to be arguably Europe’s premier striker then he is going to command huge wages.
The former Dortmund forward has a year left on his contract and is thought to want to move on, having conquered the Bundesliga.
Financial constraints at the Camp Nou saw Lionel Messi leave last summer, and are still having an affect.
The Sport report noted that the club have already given up on luring Erling Haaland as he would simply be too expensive.
Lewandowski is going to be far from a budget option still, leaving the amount available to pursue Raphinha in doubt.
If the club can keep hold of him at least until after the World Cup, his price is likely to sky rocket, so this latest news is a major positive.
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