Leeds United winger Raphinha has reportedly edged closer to a move to Barcelona as he enters advanced talks with the Spanish club.
The Whites are looking at plenty of changes under Jesse Marsch in the summer with their Premier League status in huge doubt at the moment.
Irrespective of the division they will be in, it is unlikely that Raphinha will be a part of the Elland Road squad in 2022/23.
It does appear to only be a matter of time before Raphinha is unveiled as a Barcelona player, with various reports emerging in the second half of the season linking him with an imminent move to the Nou Camp.
Nothing is confirmed yet with the Brazilian, but reports from Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) have claimed that his agent Deco is now entering ‘advanced negotiations’ to sign Raphinha for Xavi’s side.
They do reveal some interesting information on the matter at hand, too, as they report that relegation for Leeds means there wouldn’t be a release clause, instead, Leeds have a gentleman’s agreement with the player not to sell him for too high an amount.
This also comes with the fact that Barcelona aren’t ready to make their offer, as they wait to see how Leeds’ final games pan out in the Premier League, drastically changing what the Whites can command for his exit.
Is it now inevitable Raphinha will be a Barcelona player next season?
It seems like we’re bound to lose Raphinha in the summer to Barcelona, regardless of what division we find ourselves in.
Hopefully, we can manage to stay up because that will likely double the figure we pick up for him.
As much as you could argue he’s not been at the races for some time in 2022, Raphinha’s performances this season have been one of only a few positives, and he’ll be the reason we manage to stay up, if we do.
We can’t begrudge him the move either, because he deserves to be playing at the top level, not just for his country, but at club level too.