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Barcelona open to Raphinha sale next summer

Barcelona open to Raphinha sale next summer

Barcelona could entertain offers for Brazilian winger Raphinha next summer despite only arriving at the Spotify Camp Nou in the last transfer window, according to Foot Mercato.

The 26-year-old has struggled to adapt to life in Spain after his big-money move from Premier League side Leeds United last summer, and a Spanish journalist recently labelled his move a ‘dubious waste’.

He contributed just two goals and two assists in 13 La Liga appearances but earned a call-up to Tite’s Brazil squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

Raphinha failed to make an impact at the tournament, sparking talk that the Blaugranas will be willing to let him leave as early as next summer.

The Brazilian arrived at Camp Nou with high expectations after his impressive performances for Leeds last season.

He was instrumental to the Lilywhites’ campaign, firing Jesse Marsch’s side to Premier League survival with 11 goals and three assists in 35 appearances.

The former Stade Rennais man showed great promise during the pre-season but has been unable to replicate those performances.

Barca will give him time to continue to adapt to Spanish football, especially after splashing heavily to recruit him, but if his performances do not improve, they will look to recoup some of the cash they spent.

The club are still experiencing difficulties balancing their books, and any incoming transfers will depend on how much they can raise through sales over the next two transfer windows.

They paid around €60 million to snap Raphinha up last summer, and an offer of around €50m could be enough to tempt the Spanish giants into doing business in the event of a sale.

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