Leeds United defender Diego Llorente has suggested team-mate Raphinha will join Barcelona this summer, claiming the star will ‘shine’ in La Liga.
Raphinha is one of Barcelona’s top transfer targets ahead of the window reopening. According to a report by Markclub chiefs will soon travel to England to meet their Leeds counterparts.
They will discuss the cost of the winger and possible clauses Leeds may want to include in the agreement.
More recently, Raphinha’s father opened up about the 25-year-old’s future. “There are possibilities, but these possibilities involve three parties: the interested club, the current one and the player”, he said.
“Raphinha is calm because he has a contract and all the options depend on him.
“What he knows is what came out in the press, nothing more.”
Llorente, who is a full Spanish international and played in La Liga with Real Sociedad, believes Raphinha has the attributes to succeed there.
During an interview with sport, the central defender said“He is a player who is a typical winger with an advantage, which is becoming increasingly difficult to find.
Raphinha has ‘a lot of skills’ – Diego Llorente
“He’s not afraid to face the opponent again and again. He has a lot of skills. Due to the style of the Premier League, where there is more space than the Spanish League, it stands out a lot. I am very grateful to him for his work and his professionalism. »
When asked if Raphinha could ‘shine’ at Barca, Llorente replied: “Of course he has the skills to do it. Then all the parties have to understand each other so that we all benefit. But I see his qualities for a top club.
Raphinha certainly looks like a Barca player. His electric performances lit up Elland Road, and Xavi hopes the same will happen at Camp Nou.
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Leeds are set to pick up a hefty sum for the Brazil international as his contract runs until 2024. And they don’t have to pander to the striker’s transfer wishes after he avoided relegation to the Championship.
Meanwhile, Leeds plan to add a second Red Bull Salzburg star in their ranks after Brenden Aaronson.