Report: Raphinha looking at other clubs amid Barcelona frustration
Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Raphinha, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that the Leeds United winger is no longer planning to wait for Barcelona to make their move and is instead looking at other clubs.
For much of the early stages of the window, it appeared more than likely that Raphinha would end up at the Nou Camp. Reports have claimed that he had already agreed a five-year deal with the Catalan giants.
He has other admirers. But it seemed that his sights were only set on joining Barca. In fact, reports this week suggested that he had told Liverpool that he did not want to join them.
The Reds were ready to make an offer that would have involved Takumi Minamino moving the other way. But Raphinha’s determination to join Barcelona prompted him to turn down the bid from Liverpool.
However, it now seems that much has changed. Mundo Deportivo reports that Leeds have heard nothing from Barcelona about the Brazilian.
And with that, Raphinha has seemingly grown frustrated. He is now looking to move elsewhere and is not planning to wait for Barcelona.
That may open the door for Liverpool to return to the race. But it also sends a message to Barcelona that they need to put their money where their mouth is if they want the wide-man.
Raphinha looking at other clubs
Leeds would love to keep Raphinha. He was absolutely pivotal in the Whites keeping themselves in the Premier League this past season. Kalvin Phillips suggested that he was ‘unbelievable‘.
But if he is going to leave, Leeds will want a resolution as soon as possible. Barca seemingly hoped that that would lead to a cut-price deal.
However, Leeds, understandably, look set to dig their heels in. And perhaps that has brought Liverpool back into contention.
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