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Raphinha turns down Liverpool move in favor of Barcelona switch

Leeds United winger Raphinha has reportedly turned down the chance to join Liverpool this summer, with the Brazilian holding out for a Barcelona switch.

That is according to reports in Spain, which claim that he has rejected the offer from Jurgen Klopp and co. in an attempt to fulfil his ‘obsession’ of ‘being able to play a leading role in the project’ at the Camp Nou.

Raphinha turns down Liverpool move in favor of Barcelona switch

LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Raphinha of Leeds United walks off carrying a banner made by a fan during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on May 15, 2022 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The Brazilian, who has two years left on his contract at Elland Road and is almost certain not to sign a new deal this summer, is hoping that his agent, former Barcelona man Deco, will be able to strike an accord with the clubs in order to let him leave Yorkshire.

However, it is looking unlikely at present, certainly if the only viable destination from the 25-year-old’s point of view is Barcelona.

Price a sticking point

Unsurprisingly, Leeds are trying to extract the maximum out of their talismanic figure, who last season racked up 11 goals and 3 assists in the top flight.

That figure is thought to be around 55m euros, of which much will need to be paid up front. Barcelona had been hoping to take advantage of a relegation clause that would have made him available for just 25m euros, but the Yorkshire club’s last day survival that took out of the equation.

Amid the financial woes of Barcelona, ​​unless they sell an asset such as Frenkie De Jong, it seems unlikely that the Blaugrana will be able to stump up the 55m euros demanded, and even more likely they should also be looking to strike a deal for Robert Lewandowski this summer.

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2 Liverpool FC 38 68 92
3 Chelsea FC 38 43 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 29 71
5 Arsenal FC 38 13 69
6 Manchester United 38 0 58
7 West Ham United 38 9 56
8 Leicester City 38 3 52
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -2 51
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 -5 51
11 Newcastle United 38 -18 49
12 Crystal Palace 38 4 48
13 Brentford FC 38 -8 46
14 Aston Villa 38 -2 45
15th Southampton FC 38 -24 40
16 Everton FC 38 -23 39
17 Leeds United 38 -37 38
18 Burnley FC 38 -19 35
19 Watford FC 38 -43 23
20 Norwich City 38 -61 22
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 23
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 23
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15th
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15th
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15th
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Rafinha Leeds United 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11
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Xhaka, Granit Arsenal FC 1 10
Tarkowski, James Burnley FC 0 11
Firpo, Junior Leeds United 0 11
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 0 10
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 0 10
Brownhill, Josh Burnley FC 0 10
Bednarek, Jan Southampton FC 0 10
Bissouma, Yves Brighton & Hove Albion 0 10
Moreno, Rodrigo Leeds United 0 9
Neves, Ruben Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 9
Romeu, Oriol Southampton FC 0 9
Rudiger, Antonio Chelsea FC 0 9
Mctominay, Scott Manchester United 0 9
Salisu, Mohammed Southampton FC 0 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 0 8
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 0 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 0 7
Richarlison Everton FC 0 8
Pogba, Paul Manchester United 1 7
Player Team Assists
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Alexander-Arnold, Trent Liverpool FC 12
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City 11
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 10
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 10
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 10
Robertson, Andy Liverpool FC 10
Maddison, James Leicester City 9
James, Rece Chelsea FC 9
Pogba, Paul Manchester United 9
Cancelo, Joao Manchester City 9
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 8
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester City 8
Kulusevski, Dejan Tottenham Hotspur 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 7
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 7
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 7
Mbeumo, Bryan Brentford FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 6

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