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European giants slap €80m price tag on key Arsenal, Newcastle target with bidding war possible

Raphinha of FC Barcelona

Barcelona have reportedly slapped an €80m (approx. £68.4m) price tag on Raphinha, who has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Newcastle.

The former Leeds United winger has had a good debut season in LaLiga. But, the Catalans could be forced to sell him to generate their own transfer funds.

Indeed, the next few weeks are expected to be very busy for Barcelona, as they prepare to make at least two sales before the end of June.

Due to their ongoing financial issues, they need to do so before they register any new signings. Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is expected to be the first new addition through the door.

Now, according to Spanish outlet SportBarcelona have placed an €80m (approx. £68.4m) price tag on Raphinha. This is despite manager Xavi previously stating that the Brazil international ‘isn’t for sale.’

This season, the winger made 50 appearances across all competitions for the LaLiga giants. In the process, he scored 10 goals and made 12 assists.

Moreover, Raphinha played a key role in helping Barcelona to win their first league title since 2019. Nevertheless, he could potentially make a swift return to the Premier League this summer.

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Arsenal, Newcastle still in the race for Raphinha

As previously reported by TEAMtalk, both Arsenal and Newcastle are very interested in signing Raphinha this summer.

It’s no secret that Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his squad ahead of next season. The Gunners are set to be playing Champions League football, so they could certainly do with some quality additions.

Although, with Arsenal expected to splash out at least £90m on Declan Rice, completing another £60m+ move may be difficult.

With that in mind, Newcastle may actually be Raphinha’s most likely next destination, if he does agree to leave Barcelona.

Like Arteta, Eddie Howe is tipped to add some elite players to his squad this summer as he prepares for the Champions League.

For instance, James Maddison has been heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park for some time. Also, Harry Maguire has shockingly emerged on the Magpies radar.

Raphinha arguably has the quality to go straight into Newcastle’s starting XI, though. And, with Allan Saint-Maximin’s future in doubt, they could certainly do with signing a new winger.

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if either Arsenal or Newcastle meet Barcelona’s £68.4m price tag. If they don’t, Bayern Munich are reportedly ready to swoop in for the Brazilian.

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