The 26-year-old Brazilian star, Raphinha, has had his heart set on Barcelona for years to come, voicing his desire to join the club last summer despite multiple offers and multiple rumors this summer. However, recent reports from Catalonia, as stated by MD, suggest that Raphinha is now more open about his future and may consider leaving Barcelona for a new club.
Raphinha’s substantial market value could save Barcelona a significant amount of money if he decides to leave. Currently, Al Hilal, a Saudi Arabian team, is showing firm interest in the player. Al Hilal had previously pursued Messi with a lucrative offer, but Messi chose lifestyle and family over money, surprising the club. Now, Al Hilal is still on the lookout for a star player, hence their interest in Raphinha.
In addition to Al Hilal, the Saudi Arabian-funded club, Newcastle United, has also expressed interest in Raphinha, which sparked the initial rumors. However, months ago, Raphinha assured the fans that he commits himself to ruling Barcelona, much like Ronaldinho did. Xavi, the manager, trusts him and believes Raphinha will remain at Barcelona when the transfer market ends. But, as with any transfer saga, the Barcelona board has its own way of handling things, leaving the fans and the team uncertain about the outcome.
The recent arrival of Deco in the sporting sector could potentially influence Raphinha’s decision to stay in Barcelona.
Furthermore, it is worth noting that Raphinha recently became a new father, with his baby born only a few weeks ago. The lifestyle that Barcelona offers is one of the reasons players choose to join the club. Raphinha and his new family might find it appealing to make Barcelona their home.
For now, it remains to be seen how this saga unfolds once actual offers from other football clubs are presented. Until then, it is best to wait and see how the situation develops.