Leeds tell Barcelona they want at least £55m for Raphinha... after Premier League survival prevented Brazil winger from leaving Elland Road on the cheap
- The West Yorkshire club's survival means they have some negotiating power
- Barcelona are believed to be most interested in the Brazilian forward
- Raphinha's second-half penalty ensured Leeds United's survival for another year
Leeds United have told Barcelona they want over £55m for Raphinha.
Following their survival last month with a dramatic 2-1 win at Brentford on the final day, Leeds are believed to have told the Catalan club that they want a significant amount of money for the Brazilian wide player.
It had been reported that should Leeds have gone down Barcelona would have been able to acquire the player for around £21m.
Leeds believe they hold all of the cards when it comes to the future of Raphinha this summer
However, the West Yorkshire club's survival means the Catalan giants are likely going to have to pay a significant amount more than that should they want the Brazilian.
It was Not less than €55m, no payments in many years/installments. Leeds have not changed their conditions for Raphinha’s transfer. ⚪️ #LUFC
that Leeds require two conditions to be met: firstly, that their price tag for the player is achieved and secondly that that money is not paid in instalments.
Barcelona are in advanced talks with the player since February, but talks with Leeds are definitely not easy - as reported last Tuesday. ⤵️ https://t.co/loshElA8gR
Not less than €55m, no payments in many years/installments. Leeds have not changed their conditions for Raphinha’s transfer. ⚪️ #LUFC
Clearly, for a club in as dire financial straits as Barcelona, meeting those conditions could prove difficult.
The club's survival, partly ensured by Raphinha himself, has ensured they do not have to sell him for a cut price
Barcelona are struggling to prise Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich owing to their financial constraints, with the the club's situation meaning they cannot match their obvious ambition in the market.
Lewandowski is keen to leave Bayern Munich and has said he will only leave for one club, Barcelona, but their inability to pay the fee the German club want means that transfer is currently deadlocked.
Raphinha's dream of moving to a Champions League club could therefore be scuppered, with Leeds believing they hold all the cards following their survival.
Robert Lewandowski wants to move to Barcelona but the Catalans cannot afford him
It has been reported that Raphinha's agent, Deco, has been in negotiations with his former club, Barcelona, for some months and personal terms should not prove a stumbling block between the two parties.
Jesse Marsch, the Leeds manager, said last month that the Brazilian remains committed to the club and said his crucial performances in ensuring Leeds' survival for another season in the top flight was emblematic of that.
'He is 100 per cent invested,' Marsch said.
'His emotion, which has been talked about, can be interpreted as lack of discipline. I see it as total investment. That part has been no thought for me.'
Meanwhile, Leeds plan to finalise their deal for Rasmus Kristensen this week. The club hope the Denmark international will become their second signing of the summer after it was announced Brenden Aaronson would be joining from RB Salzburg.
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