Barcelona Transfer News: Raphinha is a target of increased interest from La Liga powerhouse Barcelona, who are stepping up their pursuit of the player. The winger is also being pursued by Liverpool and Chelsea.
Barcelona is reportedly beginning to feel optimistic about completing a move for Leeds United winger Raphinha. They are now willing to step up their efforts to get the deal done, as reported by SPORT.
The interest shown by the Blaugrana in the Brazil international player dates back quite some time. At this point, they want to work out the finer points of the transfer.
According to a report from SPORT, the rumored transfer of Raphinha to Barcelona has entered what is being called its “decisive phase.”
Barcelona Transfer News: What does the report say?
It has been stated that the Catalan giants are working on a fresh offer for the player. Their sports director Mateu Alemany has met with officials from Leeds to discuss the parameters of a potential trade.
Barcelona’s primary objective is to convince Leeds to reduce the value they place on the winger. The Premier League club is looking for at least €50 million for its star attacker.
But the Blaugrana are trying to negotiate a price closer to €40 million for him. They also want to hone the specifics as quickly as possible to prevent “interference” from other parties that are interested in the situation.
Xavi keen on Raphinha
The team led by Xavi Hernandez has the upper hand in their pursuit of Raphinha because the player is eager on making the transfer to Camp Nou.
The player is said to have received a phone call from the club president, Joan Laporta. He told him that the club would do all in their ability to make the agreement. He dispelled any questions that may have been remaining in the player’s mind over Barcelona’s financial strength.
However, Barcelona will need to act swiftly to secure Raphinha’s services. The Catalan giants are one of the many other teams that are also watching the situation.
The Brazilian’s representative, Deco, is attempting to prevent bids from Premier League teams like Chelsea and Liverpool from reaching the player. However, the Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on the youngster.
The Brazilian is on the radar of Chelsea and Liverpool
Raphinha has been on the radar for Liverpool as a possible replacement for Sadio Mane. The Senegalese international has left the club this summer for Bayern Munich.
In an unusual twist, Chelsea, who are in the process of revamping their attack, have also set their eyes on the 25-year-old as a prospective alternative for Ousmane Dembele, who is refusing to honor the terms of his contract with Barcelona.
Despite this, Barcelona is now stepping up in its pursuit of the Brazilian player. Given the player’s stated desire to play at Camp Nou, a move to Spain seems to be the most likely scenario at this point in the affair.