Raphinha has been a key player for Leeds this past season, scoring 11 goals across all competitions. He could be the ideal replacement for Ousmane Dembele at Camp Nou.
The Frenchman is currently a free agent and has not agreed on a new deal with the Spanish La Liga club.
Chelsea are reportedly keen on paying the asking price for Raphinha. Still, the player is leaning towards a move to the Spanish club. The player’s agent Deco, a former Barcelona player, has often been pictured outside the Barcelona offices. It will be interesting to see if the Spanish giants can agree on a fee with the Premier League club.
The Brazilian is an indispensable asset for Leeds, and it is no surprise that they are demanding a premium for his services.
Leeds are set to lose Kalvin Phillips this summer as well.
Raphinha has already proven himself in the Premier League, and it is no surprise that he wants to try a new challenge. A player of his calibre deserves to play in the Champions League, and a move to Barcelona would be ideal for his development.
Furthermore, Barcelona are one of the world’s biggest clubs; joining them is an attractive option for most South American players.
The Spanish outfit are currently going through a financial crisis, and it will be interesting to see if they can shell out a bid that is enough to convince Leeds to sell their prized asset.