By Joe Ellis

6th Jun, 2022 | 4:40pm

Leeds United: Raphinha rejects Liverpool offer, opens door for Barcelona

Leeds United winger Raphinha has rejected an approach from Liverpool over a summer transfer, according to Spanish media outlet SPORT.

The 25-year-old Brazilian was supposedly offered a deal that SPORT describe as “succulent” but he has his heart set on a move to FC Barcelona in La Liga.

He has therefore closed the door on the Reds for now and allowed the Blaugrana a free run at getting a deal agreed with the Whites and making the transfer happen this summer.

Jurgen Klopp was reportedly ready to add Japanese international attacker Takumi Minamino into the deal to help Jesse Marsch fill the void that Raphinha would have left but the two clubs may never get a chance to negotiate terms.

Barcelona believe they can sign the 25-year-old for £55million but they are struggling to get the funds together for such a move with other transfers also in the works for Xavi’s first-team squad.

One down

This summer might have to be one where we just try to wait it out as long as possible and hope that Raphinha is still at Elland Road when the window slams shut at the end of August.

This Barcelona interest is clearly going nowhere and we could still be talking about a potential deal late on in the transfer window if they still haven’t sorted out their right-wing position.

The only thing scuppering their chances at the moment is their precarious financial position as they need to find a way to sell players before they can go out and spend this kind of money on anybody.

They seem keen to sign Robert Lewandowski too from Bayern Munich but he will also cost a pretty penny this summer and the £50million plus they forked out for Ferran Torres in January now looks questionable.

We hold all the cards in this negotiation but if they reach our demands, then the magical winger will be leaving almost instantly for the Catalan giants.

In other Leeds United news, Liverpool may look to zero in on another of Marsch’s key men as Barcelona have managed to put a stop to their pursuit of one of world football’s most talented teenagers.