‘The fact is…’ – James Marshment now issues big request for Raphinha to Leeds transfer

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TeamTalk editor James Marshment has taken to the Just Joe Football Show to reveal he believes Raphinha’s move to Barcelona is still a possibility.



Raphinha in action for Leeds United


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Raphinha in action for Leeds United

The Brazilian winger almost single-handedly dragged Leeds to safety last season, scoring 11 goals and assisting three more in the Premier League. And it was his impressive form that sparked Barcelona’s interest.

The Catalan giants are still interested, even after Leeds survived, but financial issues could hold them back once again. According Fabrice Romano, Leeds will accept no less than €55m (£47m) for their star man, with Arsenal now also interested.

Even with their financial troubles, Marshment still believes Raphinha has a chance of moving to Barcelona, ​​saying: “Survival put the ball in our court, and I think Leeds now, rightly so, because he’s an amazing player, said, £50-60m minimum, which is what he’s worth on the market.

“Leeds would look totally ridiculous if they end up selling him for £25-30m – which is what Barcelona thought they could get him for, but I’m with you [presenter Joe Wainman] I think they’ll find a way to get it.

Barcelona are still used to getting what they want in the majority of situations. But the thing is, the clubs are now in a much better position when it comes to the negotiations with the Catalans. Their financial instability is no secret, and clubs can take advantage of it.

A team fresh out of a relegation battle, like Leeds, no longer have to let Barcelona come in and do whatever they want; something evidenced by Raphinha’s ordeal.

TIF’s thoughts on Raphinha…

Raphinha is an excellent player, worthy of the biggest stages, and worthy of a transfer to a club as big as Barcelona. But, Leeds are still entitled to a justifiable royalty for their Brazilian star.

Wherever Raphinha goes, it seems like a long summer for him and Leeds. As things stand, the battle for the winger’s signature would be between Arsenal and Barcelona. If Raphinha doesn’t move to any of these clubs, he could still stay at Elland Road this summer.

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