Barcelona forward Raphinha has struggled to live up to his lofty 60 million euro price tag since joining the club in the summer from Premier League side Leeds United.
The Brazil international has only started half of his 16 league appearances for his new club and has managed just 2 goals and 3 assists so far in the Spanish top flight.
Barcelona have met with his agent Deco to discuss the forward’s situation, according to Diario Sport. The Catalans have made it clear they were expecting rather more for their money and are not “fully satisfied” with his performances.
Deco has told Barcelona “there will be offers” for Raphinha in the summer which will hand the Catalans the chance to get their money back on the Brazilian. Raphinha wants to continue but “will accept any decision” even if that means moving on after just a year at the Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, Barcelona have been left baffled by Raphinha’s struggles. The forward has impressed on the training ground but has been unable to replicate that form in matches on a regular basis.
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Raphinha Has Problems At Barcelona
Form is not the only problem Raphinha has at Barcelona. The Brazilian also faces intense competition for a place in his favored position on the right side of the attack.
Ousmane Dembele has managed to put his injury problems aside and has established himself as manager Xavi’s first choice in that position. Robert Lewandowski is the club’s top scorer and vital to the team in the center of the forward line, leaving just one spot up for grabs on the left.
Raphinha has made it clear already he’s not as comfortable on the left and also has Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres eager for minutes. Xavi has also called up teenage attacker Angel Alarcon in recent weeks and has admitted he could replace the departed Memphis Depay in the squad.
Xavi’s tactics may also prevent Raphinha from playing regularly in the …read more