Tottenham eye a move for Barcelona winger Raphinha
Tottenham Hotspur are contemplating a move to bring Brazilian winger Raphinha back to the Premier League from Barcelona as manager Ange Postecoglou seeks to inject fresh competition into the attacking ranks. The 26-year-old, currently with La Liga champions Barcelona, is reportedly on the market, with Spurs looking to capitalise on the opportunity.
Raphinha’s stint at Barcelona, following a high-profile move from Leeds United 18 months ago, has seen a downturn in playing time this season. Despite a promising debut campaign, the Brazilian has started only three league games in the current season, prompting speculation about his future.
Barcelona, grappling with financial constraints, is open to negotiations if a club presents a bid that satisfies their conditions.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo via football.london has identified Tottenham as one of the clubs contemplating a potential swoop for Raphinha. The winger’s limited minutes in Spain have fueled his desire for more regular playing time, a factor that could influence his decision to return to England.
Raphinha to the Lilywhites?
Even with his limited minutes this season, the former Leeds United man has been mighty impressive. In 11 appearances across all competitions, he has two goals and three assists to his name.
Arsenal and Chelsea had pursued Raphinha in the past, aiming to secure his services before his move to Barcelona in the summer of 2022. However, both London clubs were unwilling to meet the transfer fee demanded by Barcelona, leading to Leeds United’s decision to cash in on the talented winger.
Now, with Raphinha potentially available for a fraction of the initial price of £60m, Ange Postecoglou could capitalise on the situation and complete a deal that eluded his North London counterpart, Mikel Arteta.
The addition of Raphinha could surely provide a significant boost to Tottenham’s attacking options, offering tough competition to Dejan Kulusevski for a spot in the starting XI. While Brennan Johnson has demonstrated versatility on the right wing, Postecoglou has primarily utilised him on the left. This leaves Kulusevski as the sole option on the opposite flank.
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The potential acquisition of Raphinha would not only promote healthy competition within the squad but also enhance the team’s overall depth, providing greater bench strength irrespective of who starts games more often than not.