Saudi club ready to offer €100M for in form Barcelona star

Saudi Arabian club to splash €100M for the Brazilian attacker, claims report
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Signed for €65M from Leeds United in 2022, Raphinha has become an integral part of the Barcelona attack. After scoring 10 goals and 12 assists in his debut season, the Brazilian replicated his form in the 23/24 season as well.

Against PSG, he put up a memorable performance, scoring 3 of the 4 Barca goals in the tie. In total, the forward has netted 10 goals and provided 13 assists in this campaign. Apart from that, his pressing and hardworking capability helps in winning the ball for the team.

Now, recent reports from Mundo Deportivo has claimed that a Saudi club is ready to splash €100M for Raphinha's signature. With Barcelona's dire financial situation, Raphinha's signing from Leeds has been a masterstoke that can help ease some financial burden at the club.

Raphinha could be on the move

From a sporting perspective, the Catalans have Lamine Yamal and in this 2023/2024 season, the la Masia graduate has shown signs of his true potential. From now, the sky is the limit for Yamal who has been drawn into Lionel Messi comparisons a number of times by fans and media alike.

With the Copa America starting three weeks from now, Raphinha is preparing to lead the attack for Brazil. After the Euros and Copa America ends, Hansi Flick and the Barca board will have to make a big decision over the forward's future.

Raphinha's current contract is not due to expire until 2027, so the Catalans are in a strong position to negotiate an even bigger deal. If this transfer actually goes through, it'll mark a significant business as well as raise funds to strengthen the squad for next season.