RAPHINHA has snubbed Liverpool by prioritising a move to Barcelona.
That’s according to reports in Spain which suggest the Leeds star, 25, and his representatives will meet with Barcelona director of football Mateu Alemany this week to discuss a deal.
Raphinha is so keen on a move to Barcelona that he has ‘parked’ talks with LiverpoolCredit: Getty
Spanish outlet SPORT claim that the winger has chosen Barcelona over “more than a few” other clubs.
And he has an “obsession” to join Xavi’s side and play at the Nou Camp next season.
Had Leeds been relegated, a release clause in Raphinha’s contract could have seen him go for as little as £21m.
But now it is believed Barcelona will have to pay at least £50m to land their man.
The move would be a blow for Leeds, with the pacy attacker one of their most potent weapons.
He netted 11 goals and three assists for the club as they found a way to escape Premier League relegation right at the death.
With Raphinha’s preference for a switch to Catalonia, talks with Liverpool have been “parked”.
That’s despite the fact that Jurgen Klopp sees Raphinha as an ideal replacement for Sadio Mane.
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Mane told Liverpool he wants to leave after entering the final year of his deal.
The 30-year-old shocked reporters at a press conference on Friday, claiming he will do what Senegalese people want as ’60 to 70 per cent’ believe he should leave the club.
And now it has been revealed that Thiago Alcantara has reportedly offered Reds team-mate Mane his house in Munich.
But Bayern failed with an initial £25million opening offer for the forward.