Barcelona are being forced to make major sales this summer in order to raise £178 million in order to meet La Liga’s Financial Fair Play requirements before bringing any reinforcements.
On top of this, the current season has been deemed a disaster in regard to the club’s revenue from sporting success. The group stage exit from the Champions League after finishing third behind Bayern Munich and Inter meant that the Catalan giants needed to reach at least the finals of the Europa League to find some compensation. However, the defeat to Manchester United completely hampered their plans and president Joan Laporta will now be forced to sell players in order to make any summer arrivals possible.
Barcelona forced to consider €40m for superstar
While many first-team players have been linked with an exit, one name being heavily favored by multiple European giants is Raphinha. The Brazilian international arrived at Camp Nou in June, 2022 for roughly €60 million. While the winger has shown some great performances in a Blaugrana shirt, many believe he hasn’t justified the investment with just 9 goals and 9 assists to his name in 38 appearances for the Spanish side.
Premier League giants like Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Arsenal are keen on the 26-year-old but according to El Nacional, Newcastle United are the favourite to acquire the Brazilian. Mohammed Bin Salman is reportedly keen on signing the winger, having attempted to make his arrival a reality last summer. However, the Magkpie aren’t willing to meet the demanded €60m for the forward and reportedly unwilling to invest more than €40m. With Laporta desperate to raise funds, the Spanish giants must now evaluate the possibility of selling Raphinha for such a low figure.
Should Barca sell Raphinha for cheap or look for alternative solutions to their financial problems?