Raphinha to Barcelona has calmed down a little in the Spanish, but AS come up with an article on Monday lunchtime which insists the idea hasn’t died.
Despite reports at the end of last week which explained Ousmane Dembele could have a change of heart and finally sign a Barcelona extension, and that such a development could kill the Raphinha plan, AS now say that isn’t the case.
According to the Spanish newspaper, the transfer is ‘still very much alive’.
Dembele renewing would have no impact, as it’s thought he and the Leeds United player can play together, and that it would also add depth to Xavi Hernandez’s squad.
The problem is likely to come when discussing a transfer fee, because AS say Barcelona simply have no intention of paying the €50m that it’s thought Leeds would demand to part with the Brazilian.
They’d want to try and use a player of their own to bring that amount down, although it’s worth noting that at the weekend it was stated in Spain that none of the players mentioned, Óscar Mingueza, Sergiño Dest and Clement Lenglet, would be keen on a move to Elland Road.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is said to have a very good relationship with Deco, Raphinha’s agent, but that surely wouldn’t help the club get a discount.