Leeds United have lost patience with Barcelona and ruled the Spanish club out of the running to sign Raphinha this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Spanish newspaper reported via their print edition on 23 June (page seven) that Leeds are “tired of waiting” for Barca to begin negotiations with them despite Raphinha, 25, requesting the Yorkshire club to listen to offers from the Nou Camp.
It is understood, however, that no meetings are scheduled with Barcelona’s top-brass and that Leeds feel the La Liga club cannot meet their financial demands for the Brazil winger.
Arsenal are said to be leading the race for Raphinha at this stage but Mundo Deportivo claims that if the Gunners agree a fee, it might not be easy for them to agree personal terms with the ex-Rennes star due to him being set on a move to Barca.
Pay up or shut up
Barcelona simply aren’t going to meet the demands Leeds have set out for them.
They are riddled with debt, struggling to combat Financial Fair Play, are unable to register new signings and simply do not have the funds to meet what Leeds want for Raphinha.
They can agree personal terms as much as they want with the Brazilian but at the end of the day, if they cannot agree a deal with Leeds, then it’s not happening.
It’s a shame that this could upset Raphinha.
We don’t want to see him leave on a bad note or get angry at the way that Leeds have held Barcelona to ransom but to put it simply, they cannot afford him.
There are Premier League clubs now queuing up to sign Raphinha and there’s a good chance he’ll join one of them instead of Barcelona because at least one of them should be able to pay near to what Leeds are demanding.
It’s a surprise it’s taken this long for Leeds to lose their will with Barca, to be honest.
Their interest should have been kicked into touch a long time ago considering they don’t have the means to fund a transfer for the Brazil star.