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Leeds United willing to lower asking price for Raphinha

Arsenal winger

Leeds United are working on lowering their asking price for Raphinha with the player looking for an exit this summer.

The Premier League outfit has gotten the idea that Raphinha is set for a new adventure for the next season. FC Barcelona has emerged as a strong contender with the forward wanting to work under Xavi this summer.

However, the Blaugrana are in the midst of a financial crisis which has slowed the process of Raphinha’s signing. That said, even Leeds wants the sale to go through and is ready to lower the asking price.

Raphinha was the standout player for the club this season helping the club avoid relegation. Barcelona could have triggered the €25 million buyout clause if the club played second division football next season.

However, with the club narrowly escaping relegation, the Catalan club will now have to pay the fee put forth by Leeds.

Initially, the Elland Road club kept the price in the region of €60m which did not seem feasible for the Catalan giants. However, Leeds have now lowered it to €55m for the sale to go through.

Deal Beneficial for Leeds

While the club may lose one of their best forwards in recent years, the deal would help Leeds reinvest. Kalvin Phillips too is likely to depart with Manchester City as the favorites to sign him this summer.

Moreover, the club has made three signings already Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, and Marc Roca. With Raphinha’s transfer, the club would secure a good fee to invest in another forward as a replacement.

The deal would be beneficial to Barcelona as well, as they are in desperate need of a forward who can score goals. Leeds will find it hard to replace a player of such quality but it will benefit them financially.

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