Barcelona are reportedly keeping an eye on the progress of 24-year-old Brazilian striker Raphinha on a possible future transfer.
According to a report by Spanish media outlet Fichajes, Barcelona’s search for a candidate to bolster their attacking unit has led them to the Premier League. The Catalan giants have set their sights on Leeds United striker, 24, Raphinha for a move in a future transfer window.
Raphinha joined Leeds United from Stade Rennais in the summer of 2020 after a productive year at the French club. And the move to the Premier League worked well for the Brazilian winger, who was a bright spark for the Whites from the start.
After a solid first campaign in 2020/21, the 24-year-old has been one of Leeds’ few regular players at the start of this season, with three goals in six appearances so far. His progress has invariably sparked the interest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Barcelona being the latest club to emerge in his pursuit.
Barcelona appear to be looking for a large offensive reinforcement despite adding three additions to the offensive unit. However, on closer inspection, it becomes clear why the Catalan giants want to sign a winger as soon as possible.
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Aside from newcomer Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele are the only other natural strikers available to Ronald Koeman, with Yusuf Demir now rising through the ranks after initially being assigned to Barcelona B. However, fitness issues de Dembele mean that Barcelona are constantly wronged. in the attack department.
As a result, the Blaugrana have considered the possibility of signing a winger, with Antony, Lorenzo Insigne and Ferran Torres among the players on their radar. And now Raphinha is under close scrutiny as well, with the 24-year-old looking impressive.
Indeed, Raphinha made his mark for Leeds in their loss to West Ham United last weekend, which means the Whites are still chasing their first Premier League win of the season. It now remains to be seen whether Barcelona step up their interest in the 24-year-old Brazilian striker or if they choose to sign someone else to bolster their attack.