Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is plotting a potential transfer to bring Barcelona castaway to the Premier League.
After a severely disappointing season, FC Barcelona is now looking for a change in ways. With the sacking of manager Quique Setien and sporting director Eric Abidal, the Blaugrana would be looking for a fresh start for the 2020-2021 season. Dutch coach Ronald Koeman has been appointed to lead this new endeavor, and one of his first moves would be to get rid of players that do not feature in his future plans for the club. With this, he can acquire funds to bring in younger and better legs as a lot of the players in the current squad are above the ages of 30.
One player that Barcelona has been trying to sell is Brazil international Rafinha Alcantara. The player had been put out on loan to La Liga side Celta de Vigo last season, and his whereabouts for the upcoming one seem uncertain. The 27-year-old has always dreamed of playing in the Premier League, and with his brother Thiago Alcantara being linked with a move to Liverpool this desire has increased. According to reports, to his delight, a move to the English league might be in the works with Marcelo Bielsa, the Leeds United manager looking to add the Brazilian to his squad.
Recently promoted, Leeds are looking to strengthen their squad to compete in the Premiership and avoid getting relegated back to the second division. The Peacocks have made quite a few transfers, buying Rodrigo for 30 million euros and Robin Koch for another 11 million euros.
Rafinha is likely to be added to the collection, with an asking price of 16 million euros a transfer is possible as it is not too out of the budget for the English side. However, they are looking to negotiate the offer and bring it down to 13 million euros as they have already spent a bit this summer window.
There are more clubs interested in the Barcelona midfielder, one being Celta Vigo themselves but they would not be able to afford the player at such a price. Any further negotiations are haven’t taken place and a middle ground which benefits all parties concerned is yet to be reached. With Rafinha determined to play in the Premier League it remains to be seen what the future holds for him.
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