Italian outlet CMW claim that AC Milan are considering a surprise move to sign Raphinha from Barcelona just six months after he left Leeds United for the Nou Camp – with the Brazil star struggling to find his best form under Xavi.
Raphinha, 26, joined Barcelona from Leeds in the summer. An initial fee of £50million, plus £5million in add-ons. It came after two wonderful seasons at Leeds, in which Raphinha played 67 times. He scored 17 times, creating 12.
But his form has been a shadow of that. Playing 21 times in all competitions, he has only started 11 times. Raphinha has managed 90 minutes on just one occasion – a 3-0 win over Sevilla, in which he scored one of his two La Liga goal.
So, after just six months, Raphinha could be on the move again. Italian champions AC Milan are keen. It would see Raphinha link up with Belgium man Charles De Ketelaere. A player, that Leeds tried desperately to sign in the summer.
Milan consider surprise Raphinha move six months after leaving Leeds
Raphinha is not getting the fluency of being a regular fixture in Barcelona’s starting XI. Xavi has often chopped and changed between his wingers. Little surprise, given he has Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres.
A move to Milan would give him that. Milan have Rafael Leao on the left wing, and Olivier Giroud up top – who is proving that age is just a number. But on the right, they could do with an upgrade. Raphinha certainly offers that.
But, Raphinha will hardly want to leave Barca. He will feel that he is just getting started. If he leaves at this point, after fighting so hard to get his move to the Nou Camp. There is unfinished business, and he will want to change that.