Barcelona is in a precarious economic situation despite their successful run in La Liga. The team needs to reduce its wage bill by offloading some of its players who are not in Xavi Hernandez‘s plans. However, none of the players are willing to leave the team as the Catalans are one of the best teams in the world. Meanwhile, Newcastle United, under the leadership of Mohammed Bin Salman, is eager to add a Barca player to its squad. The club has reportedly set its sights on Raphinha, one of Brazil’s best wingers.
Newcastle is willing to pay up to 40 million euros for the Brazilian international. However, President Joan Laporta is demanding a minimum of 60 million euros for the 26-year-old. Laporta is determined to prevent Newcastle from signing the winger for less than what the Blaugranas paid for him. The Magpies’ are aware of the player’s talents, having seen him play for Leeds United until last season. Raphinha decided to switch to Camp Nou last summer, which turned out to be a more significant investment than expected.
Barcelona open to selling Raphinha to fix finances
Raphinha’s performance wearing the Blaugrana shirt was unknown initially. However, he has shown great promise since the World Cup in Qatar. He became a starter for the team after Ousmane Dembélé’s injury, and he has been performing at a very high level. Laporta is determined to keep Raphinha on the team and will not let him go for less than what he is worth.
The club’s financial situation remains delicate despite their sporting successes. The president will have to work hard to reduce the wage bill and make the team financially stable again. However, he is unwilling to do this at the cost of losing some of his best players to other teams. The Brazilian is one of the most talented players on the team, and Laporta will not let him go for anything less than what he is worth. Newcastle will have to pay at least 60 million euros if they want to sign him.
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