Raphinha could open the doors over a return to the Premier League as Barcelona could consider a sale owing to their financial troubles.
According to Football Insider, Barcelona could allow Raphinha to depart the club in the summer. The Catalans could look for ways to ease their financial troubles, and selling the Brazilian could become viable. Returning to the Premier League could become an option for the star winger.
Raphinha’s transfer turned into a saga last summer as at least three top clubs chased his signature. While he had wanted only Barcelona, the Spanish giants struggled to put together the money needed to sign the Brazilian.
Arsenal and Chelsea were the other contenders, with Leeds United even agreeing on a fee with the Blues. Barcelona eventually got their man for €55 million, thus fulfilling his long dream of playing for the club. However, things could change for the Brazilian in Catalonia, as a return to the Premier League could become possible.
Barcelona are struggling to get their finances in order and may have to make a few sales to balance their books. Raphinha remains one of their prized assets in the current squad. If interest from Premier League clubs persists, a sale does not seem unimaginable.
Barcelona were happy with Raphinha and the progress made despite some interest from English clubs in January. If they are to receive a sizeable offer to their liking, things could change rapidly for Joan Laporta and his thinking with Raphinha.
Arsenal and Chelsea are still keen on the Barcelona star, both eager to sign a right winger of the Brazilian’s profile. Whether Raphinha remains open to signing for either could be the question. The report also mentions Leeds, but the Yorkshire side may not be able to afford either his fees or salary.
There could be others, like Newcastle United, which may also suit Raphinha’s requirements. For Barcelona, the fee will remain the major factor before considering a sale. That’s something the Magpies or the London sides could certainly afford.
Moreover, Raphinha has a taste for European football and may want to continue playing in the Champions League. Hence a move to Arsenal or Chelsea may materialise next summer, but much will depend on how much Barcelona would want for their star.
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