By Saikat Mandal

5th Jun, 2022 | 9:40pm

Barcelona line-up plan B option if they fail to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha

Barcelona are reportedly lining up an alternative plan if they fail to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha in the summer transfer window, according to journalist Cadena Sur journalist Santi Ovalle

It has been widely reported that Raphinha has been targeted by Barcelona, and that he has agreed personal terms with the club as well.

However, the Catalan giants are struggling to meet the player’s asking price, as Leeds are now in a strong position after they secure their Premier League status.

According to journalist Ovalle, who works for Cadena Sar, the Catalan giants are looking at B team winger Ez Abde as a potential alternative if the deal for Raphinha falls through.

Barca Times share an exclusive update from Ovalle on Twitter: “Exclusive: If Raphinha doesn’t come, Abde is the chosen one due to the complicated financial situation and he will be promoted to first team.”

Leeds stay firm

Leeds are staying firm on their decision, and that’s the best they can do in this situation. 

The club would be willing to sell Raphinha as the Brazilian truly deserves to play for a bigger club. 

However, every player has a price, and Leeds have rightly set their asking price, which as per Phil Hay of The Athletic (3 June), is around £60m-£70m. 

Apart from Barcelona, the likes of Bayern Munich and Liverpool are also keen to land him, but the Whites are determined that they won’t wilt under pressure. 

The message is pretty simple – pay the price, and take the player. 

Barcelona are struggling financially and they won’t have the funds to complete such a big-money deal for Raphinha. 

At the same time, Leeds have also made it clear that they will not accept any part-exchange deal for the player. 

Barcelona are thinking of plan B route, as they probably fear that getting a deal for Raphinha is really difficult for them. 

In other Leeds United news, the Whites also want to sign this “incredible” forward and a player-plus-cash deal has been mooted.