On March 1st, we relayed news from Spain that Newcastle United are in the picture to sign Barcelona’s Raphinha in the summer.

The winger has managed nine goals and nine assists from 37 games since arriving at the Camp Nou last summer.

Sport claim Newcastle are ‘attentive to the future’ of the 26-year-old and have already made contact with his camp.

The Magpies have carried out a survey with the Brazil international’s camp and haven’t gone any further for now. The player and the La Liga side aren’t looking at a transfer but everything will depend on the market, mainly because of the latter’s financial situation.

Joan Laporta and Xavi Hernández have stressed the need to offload some players. Barca’s idea is to cash in on those players who have had less impact, while the one who has the biggest market is the former Leeds United star.

Newcastle and Chelsea want the South American in the next window and his sale could be a ‘good source of income’ for the Catalan club.

Barca would have a decision to make if Eddie Howe’s side or another club were to arrive with a tempting offer for Raphinha in the summer.