Barcelona have been pursuing dynamic left-footed winger Raphinha, who currently plays for Leeds United in the Premier League.
Raphinha celebrates a goal for Leeds in Premier League. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Barcelona have had troubles over their finances
- Barcelona are yet to sort out the their deals involving Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele
- Raphinha in the recent days has reportedly pushed for a transfer
Spanish giants FC Barcelona have been found to be stuck with the transfer of Brazilian winger Raphinha after constant delay in the clarity over the situation of Ousmane Dembele. The French winger, who came to Barcelona with much fanfare in 2017, has been a story of unfulfilled potential. The club broke the bank for the player, but after just 154 matches over five seasons, fans have been left frustrated with the pacy winger, who was supposed to be one of the generational talents while coming to Barcelona.
It was reported midway through the season that Dembele would not be renewing his contract, sparking Barcelona to go on a hunt for a left footed winger to occupy the right flank. After identifying the target in Leeds star Raphinha, Barcelona moved forward for the signing of the player, who still has two years left on his contract.
Raphinha, pushing with Leeds to get the deal done with Barcelona. He’s fighting to join Barça in the coming days after proposal improved – no final green light yet from Leeds. #FCB
Dembélé, waiting for Barça approval after new two-year deal agreed – could be signed next week. pic.twitter.com/YhHxiYE18F
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 10, 2022
With Raphinha pushing an exit from Leeds and Barcelona pursuing heavily, it was expected that the deal would be completed. However, that did not turn out to be true as Ousmane Dembele and the club came to a soft agreement over renewed terms of the player’s contract.
Leeds announced on 9 July that the 26-year-old Brazilian would not be travelling with them for pre-season in Australia, amid interest from Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona. With the club expected to fetch over 60 million pounds for the player, it is expected that he would be walking out this summer. Raphinha has reportedly told the club that his priority is to play for Barcelona and that he does not want a move to the West London-based club. But if the Dembele renewal is nearing its completion, Barcelona might find it increasingly difficult to shell money out for the Brazilian winger, who has the dribbling ability and vision that Barcelona really need in their flanks.
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