Raphine. The 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder was brought in by Leeds United from Rennes at the start of the 2020/2021 season for a transfer fee of 18.6 million euros. As the first choice, until the start of the 2021/2022 season he has played in 39 matches by scoring 8 goals.
Barcelona finally admitted that they were interested in bringing in Raphinha to strengthen their attack line next season. Talks for the potential to bring him in the transfer market this summer began immediately.
Raphinha has indeed become the best player that Leeds United has since being brought in by the English club from Rennes in 2020. His performance in the Premier League this season has also attracted Barcelona .
According to Goal , Barcelona are already in contact with Raphinha, whose agent, Deco, has very good relations with the Spanish giants.
Barcelona, through President Joan Laporta, also confirmed in an interview with RAC1 earlier this week that Barcelona were indeed targeting Raphinha.
“Raphinha is a player we really like, and it’s true that Deco is his agent,” said Laporta.
“We have a very good relationship, but I want to clarify that Deco is not paid by Barcelona. He will only help us because he is an expert in the Brazilian player market,” continued the Barcelona president .
No Purchase Clause in Raphinha’s Contract – Leeds United midfielder, Raphinha celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal against Fulham in the 2020/2021 Premier League match week 29 at Craven Cottage, London, Friday (19/3/2021). Leeds United won 2-1 over Fulham.
As reported by Goal , Raphinha has yet to respond to Leeds United’s desire to renew his contract, which currently expires in 2024. This gives Barcelona the upper hand in hoping to sign him.
Reports suggest that Raphinha has a release clause of 75 million euros in his contract, which will be reduced to 25 million euros if Leeds United are relegated.
However, Leeds sporting director Victor Orta has clarified that there is no buyout clause in the Brazilian forward’s contract if Leeds United can secure his place in the Premier League.
“Raphinha has no clause if we stay in the Premier League. In that regard, the player and I have come face to face and with the help of a number of people, we have stated that there is only one goal, which is to save Leeds United,” he said.
Focus on Saving Leeds United from relegation – Orta also confirmed that his party and Raphinha had met and sat together to discuss many things. The Leeds United sporting director confirmed that Raphina is currently committed to helping Leeds United survive in the Premier League and fight to avoid the relegation zone.
“Luckily, Raphinha’s career was managed by a former top coach, Deco,” Orta told Radio Marca .
“He knows how to handle it. I’ve had a few conversations with Deco. He helps me, there are others who don’t, but Deco helps.”
Then, everything related to his future will follow,” he continued.