Leeds United set €50m price tag on Barcelona target

Barcelona’s pursuit of Leeds United winger Raphinha heading into the summer transfer window is no secret.

The Catalan giants see the Brazilian as the ideal replacement for Ousmane Dembele, who remains on the Camp Nou exit ramp as his contract expires on June 30.

Talks to sign the 25-year-old former Rennes striker are already underway with personal terms not expected to be an issue. Raphinha, after all, is represented by former Barcelona superstar Deco, and the club have already settled the contractual part of the deal.

Leeds, however, are a roadblock for Barca. Los Blancos are already believed to have rejected an offer of around €35m for their prized asset. Blaugrana. Previous reports have claimed they want his €75m release clause paid in full.

However, according to new reports from Mundo DeportivoLeeds might be willing to back down but will still demand a sum of at least €50m from Barcelona for Raphinha.

The Premier League club are using the Catalans’ agreement to sign Ferran Torres as a standard to set their asking price for the 25-year-old. Barca have paid €55m (plus €10m in bonuses) for the former Manchester City ace and Leeds want around the same figure for Raphinha.

However, all of that would change in an instant if Jesse Marsch & co. end up being relegated. Such a scenario would force Leeds to cash in on the winger for a much lower price, with reports indicating a €25m release clause could kick in should they face the drop.

It remains to be seen whether Barcelona and Leeds can reach a deal on a transfer fee for the Brazil international, who has scored nine goals this season, in the coming weeks.

Eleanor C. William