Laliga giants FC Barcelona are confident that they will sign Leeds winger Raphinha despite their financial woes.
The club is currently in financial turmoil and is unable to make some moves as they want to offload some players before adding new faces but reports indicate that they are confident of a major injection of funds from the sales of TV rights and the Barça Licensing & Merchandise (BLM).
With the future of Ousmane Dembele still unresolved, manager Xavi Hernandes wants to add a right-winger to his squad with Raphina being on top of the list; the club having earlier stated that they won’t be making Adama Traore’s loan deal into a permanent one.
One of the top priorities for Xavi Hernandez heading into the summer is strengthening the right flank. Ousmane Dembele seems set to be on his way out, with contract negotiations going nowhere, while Adama Traore will not be signed permanently either.
It leaves a gaping hole in the attacking unit, and Barcelona have identified Leeds United’s Raphinha as their priority target to strengthen the position, reports Diario AS journalist Javi Miguel.
The 25-year-old helped Leeds avoid relegation by a whisker and does not want to be involved in such a fight again when he knows his potential can see him play for a big European club. Reports have claimed that Leeds has already turned down an offer from Barça for Raphinha and are demanding a sum of €55 million.
Personal terms are already believed to have been agreed upon between the two parties, thanks to Deco’s intermediation with Barca expected to submit a formal bid to Leeds in the coming days.