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Leeds: Fabrizio Romano makes Raphinha claim

Leeds: Fabrizio Romano makes Raphinha claim -Leeds United News

Reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano has made a fresh claim on Leeds United winger Raphinha and his potential move to Barcelona, as per CaughtOffside.

The Lowdown: Summer of change?

Leeds are currently one point clear of the relegation zone thanks to Pascal Struijk’s late equaliser against Brighton on Sunday. However, Burnley still have two matches remaining and know that four points would be enough to possibly relegate the Whites, who travel to Brentford on the final day.

Should Jesse Marsch’s side drop back down to the Championship, then a number of players could be on their way out. That includes star midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who reportedly wants out regardless over the coming months.

Robin Koch has been another name linked with a summer exit, and an update has now emerged regarding Raphinha and his possible move to the Nou Camp.

The Latest: Romano’s claim on Raphinha

Writing for CaughtOffside, Romano said that the 25-year-old and his agent Deco have been in ‘very advanced’ talks with Barcelona since March ahead of a five-year deal in Spain.

A €25m (£21m) release clause can be activated for the Brazilian if Leeds go down, with the reliable reporter even adding that Newcastle have explored a possible deal in recent months. Chelsea have also been keen, but it is Barcelona who are ‘leading the race’ for the attacker.

How much is Raphinha worth?







The Verdict: A matter of time

It looks as if Barcelona will approach Leeds at the end of the season regarding a move for the 25-year-old, who has now seemingly outgrown Elland Road and is ready for the next step of his career.

Without Raphinha, Leeds would more than likely be down already, with his 10 goals and three assists helping to keep the club afloat.

You could tell by the images after the match on Sunday that it looks as if Raphinha knows he has played his final game at Elland Road, but if he helps Leeds to stay up this weekend, they could receive a larger fee than the €25m release clause.

In other news: Orta holds talks to sign £20k-p/w ‘phenomenon’ for Marsch; same agent as 6 Leeds players

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