Leeds United are one of a number of Premier League clubs to be linked with Rafinha Alcantara in recent weeks. Spending last season loan at Celta Vigo, the player is now back at Barcelona and again looking for a new home.

Sunday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo reports Rafinha has actually been offered to Leeds, rather than the Premier League club going for the signing independently.

According to the Catalan newspaper, Barcelona offered Rafinha to Marcelo Bielsa’s side after they secured the signing of Rodrigo Moreno.

Rafinha and Rordrigo are cousins, and Barca wanted to use the relationship as a potential in-road.

They asked Leeds for €16m, however, it’s stated the Whites said they can’t afford the move. The club ‘cannot financially manage’ signing Rafinha, and therefore Barcelona will have to look elsewhere.

Whether Leeds are really short of funds, or just found it the easiest way to get out of the situation, is up for debate.