Saudi Arabia top club offer over €80million to sign key Barcelona star

Saudi Arabia top club offer over €80million to sign key Barcelona star

Barcelona has reportedly received an offer from a Saudi Arabian club for Raphinha that significantly exceeds the €80m price tag set by the Catalan team, according to reports from Spain.

The 27-year-old Brazilian winger, who moved to Barcelona from Leeds United in July 2022 for a fee above €60m, was instrumental in securing the La Liga title for Barcelona in his debut season.

However, due to Barcelona’s ongoing financial struggles, Raphinha’s stay at the club is filled with uncertainty. There has been speculation about a potential move back to the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur often mentioned as a possible destination. Additionally, interest from the Saudi Pro League has been reported, positioning Raphinha as a prime target.

SPORT, a Spanish news outlet, has highlighted that Barcelona are under pressure to make significant sales this summer to improve their financial health. The new proposal for Raphinha from Saudi Arabia reportedly surpasses the club’s €80m evaluation of him.

Raphinha has expressed his contentment at Barcelona and his ambition to win the Champions League with the team. Yet, the substantial offer on the table could override his preferences, also aiding Barcelona by removing his estimated €5.5m annual salary from their expenditure.

Raphinha’s potential departure might also quell the rumors surrounding the future of Lamine Yamal at the club. The 16-year-old prodigy has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, which could involve a staggering €200m bid, amidst Barcelona’s financial woes. Despite Raphinha’s significant contribution last season, Yamal’s rise has limited Raphinha’s appearances this season.

In efforts to stabilize the club’s finances, Barcelona may also consider selling other valuable players like Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde, though the speculated fees for them don’t match the lofty amount offered by the Saudi club for Raphinha.

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