Tottenham and Liverpool open to paying big fee for Barcelona’s Raphinha
Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are apparently two Premier League teams that ‘want to’ pay £50million for Barcelona winger Raphinha, as per Fichajes.net, who have relayed a report from Football Insider.
The Brazilian winger joined the Catalan giants from Leeds United in the summer of 2022 in a much-hyped move for €60million. He has had his moments for his new team, registering 12 goals and 15 assists in 62 games for them.
But life at Barcelona isn’t easy. He has often been criticised for his performances and if you aren’t consistently among the goals as a forward for that team, the spotlight tends to be on you.
He has just two goals and three assists in 12 games this season. Barcelona are also apparently open to selling the winger due to their complicated financial situation.
What should Spurs do?
This is a good opportunity for Spurs. Raphinha is Premier League-proven during his spell at Leeds United, where he won over fans with his quick feet and playmaking ability from the flanks.
He is a world-class option to add down the flanks, and someone to strengthen the wings considering we have been playing Son Heung-min in a more central strike role.
We do have Manor Solomon, but Raphinha is clearly further along the development curve than the Israel international. He has a contract until the summer of 2027 (Transfermarkt), so that gives Barca an advantage.
But if they are truly desperate to raise money by selling him, then we can use their apparent desperation against them and negotiate a more favourable fee. The move would make even more sense if Richarlison is sold.
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Richy is linked with a move to Saudi Arabia and hasn’t found much favour or success under Ange Postecoglou. The question now is if we can beat Liverpool to the signing, considering they would also want someone to compete with and eventually succeed Mohamed Salah.