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Report: Barcelona still look to pay £21 million for Leeds star Raphinha

Barcelona still do not believe that they will need to pay much more than £21 million for Raphinha despite Leeds United avoiding relegation from the Premier League, according to a report from Mundo Deportivo.

Raphinha’s performance and celebrations at Brentford will live long in Leeds fans’ memories. He won and scored the penalty that set Jesse Marsch’s side on their way to a monumental victory.

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It was clear just what his goal meant to the Brazilian. Certainly, any doubts over his motivation were emphatically put to bed.

Raphinha was one player who would have immediately moved on had Leeds gone down. Reports have claimed that he has agreed a five-year deal with Barcelona ahead of next season.

And had the Whites been relegated, a clause would have been active that would have allowed the 25-year-old to leave for just £21 million.

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His reaction to Leeds’ survival has just provided the slightest glimmer of hope that he could yet stay for another year. But clearly, it is looking most likely that he will move on.

Obviously, if he is going to go, Leeds fans will want the club to make as much as possible from his sale. But Barcelona have other ideas, it seems.

Mundo Deportivo reports that Barca believe that they will still only need to pay around £21 million for Raphinha. And if the price does increase, they do not think it will be too much more.

Barcelona to pay £21 million for Raphinha?

Leeds would have been powerless had they been relegated. Nevertheless, the supporters would have been irate had he left for £21 million upon relegation. He is worth so much more. And his exit would have added insult to injury.

So the idea Leeds would now sell him for a similar figure seems laughable in truth. The board would be asking for big trouble if they sanctioned such a deal now that survival has been secured.

Raphinha is an ‘unbelievable‘ player. So there is absolutely no way that the board can afford to let him go for anything like £21 million.

Surely, they know that.

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