World Football

Barcelona set Raphinha price tag following ‘Premier League interest’

Rajarshi Shukla

May 8 2023
Raphinha Newcastle United

Raphinha is considering leaving Barcelona in summer window

Before the next 2023–24 season, Barcelona are rumoured to have put an aggregate cost of £70 million on Raphinha, a player wanted by Chelsea and Newcastle United.

The Brazilian winger, 26, joined the Catalan giants this past summer after moving from Leeds United for a reported fee close to £55 million. Since then, he has solidified himself as an essential member of the team. In 45 games thus far this campaign, he has put up 10 goals and 11 assists.

To clear their books and create a place for new additions, the Blaugrana may decide to let go of the 16-cap Brazil international this summer. They want to raise money to meet the Economic Fair Play (FFP) requirements.

SPORT reports that Barcelona will consider bids for The Brazilian in the forthcoming summer transfer window around £61 million and £71 million. The athlete also wants to go for athletic reasons since he fears losing his spot in the first squad for the upcoming season, which would also hurt his international aspirations.

Raphinha, who is contracted to Camp Nou through June 2027, has recently come to the attention of Chelsea and Newcastle United. The star can be guaranteed a salary of more than £10.5 million annually by both Premier League clubs.

Arsenal’s pursuit of the former Sporting CP and Rennes player has also just returned. Since the beginning of the year, Deco, the left-footed attacker’s agent, and the sporting director of Arsenal have maintained contact.

Raphinha was strongly linked with Chelsea and Arsenal initially in the summer before deciding to negotiate a long-term move to Barcelona. He turned down both clubs because he wanted to emulate his childhood hero, Ronaldinho.

The Brazilian made a name for himself with his electrifying displays on the right wing during his two-year stay with Leeds in the Premier League. For Sam Allardyce’s team, he contributed 12 assists and 17 goals in 65 league games.

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