By Pranav Shahaney

18th Jun, 2022 | 9:10pm

Leeds United drop Raphinha valuation by 23 per cent amid Barcelona interest

Leeds United have reportedly dropped their valuation of Raphinha amid growing interest from La Liga giants Barcelona.

According to Sport, president Joan Laporta has now entered the scene to send a clear message to the Brazilian that the club have prepared a financial package over a five-year contract for him.

Leeds initially wanted £56million for his services and are now willing to settle for £43million – a drop of nearly 23 per cent.

Getting bullied

It’s disappointing to see Leeds caving into the demands of Barcelona just because they are giants in the European game.

Staying up meant that the Whites dictate terms of any outgoings and thus far they held their ground in terms of Raphinha.

However, now they seem to be shifting the goalposts more and more towards Catalunya, making it easier for Xavi’s side to sign the Brazilian.

Barcelona have made Raphinha a priority and will stop at nothing to secure his signing in this summer transfer window.

This means that Leeds can hold their price and ask Barcelona to start submitting bids before they can begin negotiations and possibly bring it down by a fraction.

This is almost dropping his valuation by one fourth which is not a good sign and will only cost Leeds in the long run.

Victor Orta must wake up and ensure that his side aren’t getting bullied by the negotiators in Spain and he should try getting the best deal possible for the Whites.

In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano has shared if a ‘Sensational’ defensive midfielder has agreed terms for an Elland Road switch and become the club’s fourth summer signing.