Barred by Ousmane Dembélé and worried about the possible return of Lionel Messi to FC Barcelona, Raphinha (26) would think about leaving Catalonia. According to the latest information from sportthe Brazilian international right winger (16 caps, 5 goals) is currently asking many questions about his future. If the former Leeds and Stade Rennais player has not received pressure from the Culers, his possible replacement status for next season pushes the person concerned to consider a departure. And for good reason.
Preferred to Raphinha as a right winger, Ousmane Dembélé continues to be favored by Xavi. In addition, the possible arrival of Lionel Messi at Barça would logically lead to an attacking trident composed of the two previously mentioned alongside Robert Lewandowski. From then on, the one who has scored 10 goals and 11 assists in 45 matches in all competitions since the start of the season is thinking of sailing towards new horizons. Main reason for this possible change of course? The Seleção.
Raphinha, victim of the possible arrival of Lionel Messi?
Indeed, the Spanish daily affirms that the native of Porto Alegre does not wish to leave the Brazilian selection, what is more at a time when it will begin a new cycle next July. While Carlo Ancelotti is announced with insistence to take over the head of Brazil, Raphinha wants to keep a starting place and thus prove to his future coach that he has a place of choice to take within his workforce. Happy in Catalonia, the 26-year-old striker does not lack any suitors.
With this in mind, Chelsea, who had already reached a transfer agreement with Leeds United last year, Arsenal, who have been insisting for many months with constant calls from their sporting director Edu Gaspar and Newcastle, the last declared courtier, remain interested in the twirling Barcelona winger. All are also ready to offer more than 12 million euros gross, salary currently received by Raphinha. It now remains to be seen whether these European leaders will be willing to align themselves with the 70/80 million euros requested by the Blaugranas…