Barcelona reject Arsenal’s €70m offer for Raphinha

According to a report, FC Barcelona turned down a €70m offer for their winger Raphinha.

The Brazilian joined Barca from Leeds United in the summer for a fee of €58m ($61.5m) plus €7m ($7.5m) in variables.

The Yorkshire club were said to have first accepted a £55m ($66.3m) offer from Chelsea but Raphinha scrambled to wait for Barca to activate an ‘economic lever’ that would make his dream move made possible.

But Arsenal were also in the running around the same time. Accordingly SPORTSthe north Londoners presented a €70m bid for Raphinha at the recently closed winter market, which was rejected by the Catalans.

If correct, the news shows there is still a market for the premier
Liga for Raphinha despite his mixed fortunes at the Camp Nou so far.

The 26-year-old started well enough at Blaugrana but then suffered a drop in form and value culers despite placing goals and assists for which most players would be commended.

In Xavi’s switch to a four-man midfielder system, there is only room for one pure winger, Ousmane Dembele.

However, when the Frenchman sustained a hamstring injury at Girona in January, it paved the way for the number ’22’ to make the role his own.

Raphinha responded to the challenge by scoring three key goals and two key assists in February alone, including equalizing in a 2-2 draw, meaning Barca will go by any means into Thursday’s Europa League play-off second leg against Manchester United goes for.

Despite his impressive display in the first encounter, which also saw him set up Marcos Alonso for his side’s opener, Raphinha could be dropped in favor of the MVP in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Cadiz’s Ferran Torres at Old Trafford.

It shows how delicate his La Liga lot is and should he be pushed to the sidelines again when Dembele returns to action in March, Barca could receive incoming offers for Raphinha’s transfer, aware they are likely before 2022 have to make a great player. 2023 to balance financial fair play.

Xavi has always supported his player, even when he threw a tantrum when he was substituted off in United’s stalemate. But there have been reports his agent Deco has been told by the club that Raphinha needs to improve or his situation will be reviewed at the end of a season he is likely to finish with a La Liga winners’ medal.

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