Transfer: Xavi ready to sacrifice Raphinha for Aubameyang’s return

Barcelona are willing to sell Raphinha for a loss in the summer transfer window to raise funds, as per a report from Spanish outlet El Nacional.

The Brazil international arrived at the Spotify Camp Nou for a fee of €60 million from Leeds United amidst much fanfare. He has had a mixed time in Catalonia and has recently become an undisputed starter due to Ousmane Dembele’s injury.

However, he hasn’t fully convinced Barcelona to keep him beyond the season. The Blaugrana are open to offloading him and are confident of finding a suitor in the Premier League, where he spent two years with Leeds.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been named as potential suitors. Newcastle United are also said to be one of the most interested parties and could make an offer of around €40 million for Raphinha.

This could be accepted by the La Liga giants given their financial troubles which have intensified this season. The club’s exit from the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League has left them in urgent need of raising funds.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has already claimed the club must slash their wage bill by a significant amount to onboard new signings and contracts.

Raphinha is believed to be one of the players Barca are willing to sacrifice at the end of the campaign. He has registered nine goals and as many assists in 37 games across competitions for the Catalan giants so far.

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