According to Sport, Leeds United and English Premier League (EPL) star, Raphinha will turn down Liverpool’s interest in favour of a transfer to Barcelona.
Newsbreak understands that the Brazil international is in high demand this summer, and Barca plans to approach Leeds in the coming days to complete a transfer after already agreeing contract terms with the player.
As of the time of publishing this report, there is plenty of speculation surrounding Liverpool’s supposed interest in a move for the Brazilian, but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has been quick to urge fans to temper their expectations a little – for now, at least.
Addressing the situation in a column for Caught Offside, the Italian journalist said: “My understanding is that Liverpool will definitely look to replace Sadio Mane if he leaves, but until then I wouldn’t pay too much attention to some of the speculation we’ve seen – including recent rumours involving Christian Pulisic and Raphinha being targets for Jurgen Klopp.”
According to Phil Hay of The Athletic, the Whites could dig their heels in and demand as much as £60-70 million for Raphinha this summer.
The extent to which that ball park figure is negotiable remains to be seen, especially given the fact that the 25-year-old’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2025.
Certainly, however, Raphinha’s own personal demands could play a role in whether or not he stays at Elland Road this summer.