Leeds United are reportedly yet to receive an offer for Brazilian winger Raphinha amid links to Barcelona.
Leeds’ transfer window is going to be one of the busier in the Premier League as Jesse Marsch shapes his squad after beating Burnley to survival.
However, he has the significant challenge of ensuring that the club get the best possible fee for Raphinha, who looks increasingly likely to be leaving the club.
While reports emerge like clockwork that Raphinha has expressed his desire to leave or that he has already agreed personal terms with Barcelona, it’s quiet from a Leeds United perspective.
It has to be said that it’s probable, rather than possible, that the Brazil international will be playing his football at the Nou Camp in 2022/23, there’s not actually been a lot of definite movement yet.
Is Raphinha good enough to play for Barcelona?
That’s according to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth who has revealed that the club are yet to field any offers for Raphinha since the season finished on Sunday.
This comes after claims from abroad that an initial €30million (plus add-ons) bid was being prepared.
“Meanwhile the YEP understands that while there are almost daily reports emerging of Barcelona’s intention to buy Leeds winger Raphinha, no offers have been received by the Whites.”
An attempt to unsettle Raphinha?
It does seem a touch suspicious that there are reports every day of a different bid being placed by the Spanish club, and that something new is happening with the player himself constantly.
I can see him leaving for Barcelona, but it’s only going to happen if they pay what we want from them, and that isn’t the case thus far.
If we can get a mega fee for him, to then reinvest it well, I think every party will be content with such business.