On Monday we covered claims from Brazil which stated Raphinha has rejected a renewal offer from Leeds United which would have nearly doubled his wages.
The reason for the rejection was the Premier League club refusing to reduce his release clause. It was explained the clause currently stands at £70m, and Leeds don’t want to come down from that.
Raphinha was said to have felt it would hinder his chances of a transfer in the coming windows.
Now there’s a big claim from Spain about Barcelona.
Sport, a Catalan newspaper, report that the Blaugrana have abandoned the idea of signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, and instead Raphinha is now their ‘number one goal’.
There is already ‘open negotiation’ and Sport say the Brazilian has reached a ‘salary agreement’ on a five year deal.
Barcelona have ‘submitted a first offer’ to Leeds United, which stands at €35m. The La Liga side would want to close the signing relatively quickly, finding an agreement before the end of the season.
At €35m, it’s unlikely they’d be able to do that.
Interestingly, claims last week stated Barcelona weren’t look to add a wide attacker given they have Adama Traore and haven’t given up on keeping Ousmane Dembele. After Monday’s report from Brazil mentioned Bayern Munich interest, there was quickly a response from Germany rubbishing the idea of a deal.