Barcelona could look to include the likes of Oscar Mingueza and other youth prospects in a deal for Leeds United’s Raphinha this summer.
That’s according to Sport, who again cover how the Catalans are secretly hoping for Leeds to be relegated on Sunday so they can avoid paying €40m for the Brazilian.
It’s been explained for weeks that Barcelona are keen on Raphinha and hope to get him for as little at €25m this summer.
He’s valued much higher than that but has an agreement with Leeds that he can leave for that figure should they be relegated back to the Championship.
That’s not going to be decided until tomorrow, but even if Leeds stay up, Barcelona remain interested in doing a deal as Raphinha is the player they’ve chosen to reinforce the right-wing position, and he’s been approved by manager Xavi.
Should Jesse Marsch’s side avoid relegation, Barcelona will have to renegotiate with them and the player’s agent Deco, who has been sitting down with those in charge to discuss his client’s future for months.
Leeds want at least €40m for their star man, but Barcelona do not want to pay that and instead, they intend to include a player in the negotiation to avoid the deal reaching that price.
The obvious candidate is Óscar Mingueza, who Leeds are known to be fond of, and Barcelona are planning to get rid of this summer. There would also be a possibility of including other players from the current squad or the reserve team.
It all depends on what happens on the final day of the season, but if Leeds do manage to stay up, Barcelona have a plan to get Raphinha for a price they find agreeable.