Fabrizio Romano has dropped a worrying update concerning the future of Leeds United winger Raphinha.
In a recent post on Twitter, the transfer insider revealed that, following a long-held interest, Barcelona have now initiated talks with Deco, the winger’s agent, regarding a move for the 25-year-old at the end of the season.
Romano went on to state that both Liverpool and Chelsea are also interested in a swoop for the Brazil international in the summer transfer window, however, none of the three interested parties are believed to have made contact with Leeds – as the price of the forward depends on the club’s Premier League status and potential buy out clauses.
In his tweet, the journalist said: “Barcelona are interested in Raphinha alongside Premier League clubs, including Liverpool [Chelsea wanted him, now in stand-by]. Barca already discussed Raphinha with Deco. No talks yet with Leeds – as [his] price depends on their PL future and potential buy out clauses.”
Considering just how important a part of the Leeds United side Raphinha has become since his £17m move to Elland Road back in October of 2020, the news that the winger could already be on his way out of the club is sure to have left supporters of the Whites devastated.
Indeed, over his 30 Premier League appearances in 2020/21, the £36m-rated forward was in electric form for Leeds, scoring six goals, registering nine assists and creating 12 big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.2 shots and making 2.1 key passes per game.
These returns saw the 25-year-old earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.14, ranking him as the Whites’ third-best performer in the top flight of English football last time out.
It has been a similar story over Rapinha’s 27 league outings this season, with the £63k-per-week dynamo bagging nine goals, providing three assists and creating nine big chances, in addition to taking an average of 2.7 shots and making 2.1 key passes per fixture.
These metrics have seen the player who Illan Meslier dubbed both “unbelievable” and a “storm” average a SofaScore match rating of 6.97, ranking him as Leeds’ second-best player in the division this time around.
As such, it is clear for all to see that the Whites would be a considerably worse outfit without Raphinha in the side, however, with Leeds currently languishing down towards the bottom of the Premier League standings, it would indeed appear a likely scenario that the man who Victor Orta values at over £60m could well move onto pastures new this summer.