Newcastle United have reportedly ‘already made a first approach’ to Barcelona to snap up a Nou Camp attacker in a high-profile move this summer.
Eddie Howe’s men are in a strong position to swoop for the Brazilian after qualifying for the Champions League last season and are making their move despite the player insisting he is happy in Catalonia.
Raphinha is also not considered transferable, but Barcelona’s financial issues continue to leave them vulnerable to clubs making moves on their top players.
The LaLiga giants are known to have identified a few players to sell to balance their books before June 30, although many of them are reluctant to leave.
The report adds that the Magpies feel their financial offer, coupled with the opportunity to carry on in the Champions League, could end up convincing the former Leeds United man to move to Tyneside.
Raphinha will not come cheap though, with Barca clear that the attacker will only leave if there is an important offer of over €80million (£68m) made – the sort of fee that will significantly improve their finances.
Deco keeping options open over Raphinha future
Deco, who is reportedly set to become the Spanish giants’ new sporting director, remains the player’s agent.
The former Portugal international insists of continuity in Raphinha’s career but has also opened the door for his sale if it’s ‘absolute necessary’.
Newcastle are fully aware of that situation and are monitoring it very closely. However, there is a feeling that it’s the sort of transfer that could take significant time to complete, especially given the player’s stance and Barcelona’s reluctance to sell.