Barcelona want to sign Leeds star Raphinha - Fabrizio Romano
Leeds winger Raphinha is a summer transfer target for Barcelona and have already held talks with his agent, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Brazilian winger has been tipped to exit Elland Road this summer after shining for the club, despite their lowly league position.
After being linked with a move to Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Chelsea [Gianluigi Longari] in January, Romano is now reporting that Spanish giants Barcelona have joined the race but are waiting for the summer to open talks with the Whites.
According to Romano, Barcelona have already held talks with Raphinha’s agent Deco, who played for the La Liga outfit during his career.
They are waiting on Leeds’ Premier League status to be confirmed before opening talks with the club about a move, with his price depending on if they get relegated and potential clauses in his contract.
It’s no surprise that Leeds’ best players are being linked with a move away from the club considering their current position.
With Marcelo Bielsa having left the club, the standing of a lot of key players is now up in the air and with their Premier League status not secure yet either there is a big chance that a lot of them could leave in the summer.
Raphinha was tipped for a £35m move to Bayern in January [TNT Sports] but if the Whites are to stay in the Premier League then they will likely look to demand almost double that amount.
There have been suggestions previously that Raphinha could sign a new deal at Elland Road [Mirror], with both parties open to a deal, but Barcelona’s interest is likely to be a spanner in the works if it is genuine.
Most South American stars dream of a move to the Camp Nou or Real Madrid and Raphinha is unlikely to be different, so it now seems inevitable that Leeds will lose their best player this summer regardless of if they stay up or not.
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