Predicting five more claims on the way as Barcelona target Raphinha
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Predicting five more claims on the way as Barcelona target Raphinha

Another day, another report from Spain concerning Raphinha and his ‘dream’ move to Barcelona, with Sport today suggesting that he has rejected Liverpool due to his desire to sign for the Catalan giants.

Admittedly, the pessimistic supporter in me still expects Raphinha to leave Leeds this summer. He is a world-class player who has Champions League clubs making big plays for his signature.

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However, some of the reports to emerge in recent months have made claims that are simply baffling.

Raphinha may have already agreed personal terms on a five-year deal with Barca – as Sport suggested. And he may well prioritise a move to the Nou Camp over one to Liverpool.

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But there does appear to be an effort to try and make Barcelona’s task as easy as possible – as if Leeds are not entitled to a huge fee for their best player.

Mundo Deportivo once suggested that Barca hoped to pay little more than £21 million for the 25-year-old – after Leeds had stayed up. Sport reported at the weekend that their upper limit had risen to £34 million.

Very generous.

Selling the winger for anything like that amount would probably lead to riots outside Elland Road. And of course, Raphinha has apparently told Leeds that he wants to go.

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Raphinha himself, said he would give his best whether he leaves or not. That is not something you would expect from a man looking for a way out – nor were his celebrations after keeping us up on the final day at Brentford.

Of course, every journalist reporting on Raphinha knows considerably more than I ever will about what is going on behind the scenes.

But for a bit of fun, here is our prediction of five more claims that will be made about Raphinha in the months ahead before his future is resolved…

Neymar urges Raphinha to join Barcelona

Raphinha is becoming a more and more prominent member of Brazil’s squad as the World Cup closes in. That obviously means that he is getting the chance to work closely with a number of amazing players, including Neymar.

Look out for reports therefore, claiming that Neymar and Dani Alves are urging Raphinha to move to the Nou Camp.

Raphinha ready to go on strike to force through move

Raphinha has already said that he would be content if he stayed at Leeds this summer. But that will not stop the claim that he is so upset about not joining Barcelona that he is ready to go on strike.

Barcelona make take-it-or-leave-it £40m bid for Raphinha

Barcelona are working really hard to do a deal. No, honestly, they are. They were prepared to reward us for staying up by offering just over £21 million. And then £34 million.

Leeds are being ungrateful here. But Barca will give them one final chance to see sense with a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £40 million. We will hopefully turn it down.

Barcelona keep bidding for Raphinha after take-it-or-leave-it offer fails

Barcelona will decide that take-it-or-leave-it was not the best decision. And they will throw the kitchen sink at getting a deal done – except when it comes to putting an acceptable amount of money on the table.

Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza and Martin Braithwaite will all be offered, maybe with £20 million also.

Raphinha agrees to join Barcelona in 2023 after signing new Leeds deal

Okay, this is very wishful thinking. Leeds agreeing a new deal with Raphinha would be unbelievable. But it is possible.

Will Barcelona let Leeds have their moment? Not a chance.

Instead, we would expect to hear that Raphinha has agreed to join Barca in 2023 immediately after signing the new deal at Elland Road.

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