Raphinha: Barcelona are looking to sell attacker Raphinha. The Brazil international joined the Blaugrana for £55 million from Leeds United during last summer’s transfer window.
However, he has struggled to adjust at the club. Raphinha has scored 16 league games so far, registering two goals and three assists. Xavi has benched him in several important games in recent weeks, including the Spanish Super Cup final against Real Madrid earlier this month.
According to Diairo Gol, Barcelona could sell Raphinha next summer. Xavi is reportedly unhappy with the Brazilian’s attacking outfit. The club has given him until the end of the season to prove his worth.
Barcelona have identified Villareal forward Gerard Moreno as Raphinha’s potential replacement. Moreno has established himself among the best attackers in the Spanish top division in the last few years.
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He has played 228 games (in all competitions) so far, scoring 105 goals and 30 assists. The Spain international won the Zarra Award (highest domestic goalscorer in LaLiga) during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
However, Xavi still rates Raphinha highly and is ready to wait until the end of the season to make the decision about his future. While speaking to the media recently, the Spanish manager gave an update on the Brazilian’s future, saying: “He helps where I need him to. He’s an important player. He has been a starter but more so as a substitute. He’s a guarantee coming off the bench. He’s very motivated, understands the space, works hard, he’s important.”
Barcelona eyeing loan move for Marcelo Brozovic
According to a report by Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are looking to sign Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic on a loan deal with an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
The Croatia international is currently among the best midfielders in Serie A. He joined Inter from Dinamo Zagreb during the January transfer window of 2015. Brozovic has played 302 games (in all competitions) for I Nerazzurri so far, registering 30 goals and 27 assists. The 30-year-old midfielder helped the Milan outfit win one Serie A title, among other honours. He won the best Serie A Best Midfielder award last season.
Liverpool have also shown interest in signing the Croatia international in recent weeks. His current contract at the San Siro will run until 2026. Inter Milan are
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When will Barcelona play next?
Barcelona will next lock horns against Real Sociedad in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on January 26. Raphinha is expected to feature in the game.