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Raphinha responds to Premier League links rumors

Raphinha, pursued by Chelsea and Newcastle United, has denied reports that he has agreed to a summer transfer away from Barcelona.

Barcelona reportedly plans to sell Raphinha, Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati in the summer transfer window as part of their plans to overhaul their attack. They aim to raise €150m in player sales and reduce their wage bill to comply with La Liga rules.

But this is in preparation for a potential move to re-sign club legend Lionel Messi. However, Raphinha has denied agreeing to a transfer away from the club.

The Brazilian expressed his anger on social media and dismissed the latest reports mentioning his name.

“Lying. This is lying. But whoever said this is a liar, uninformed and unprofessional. If you delete my comment, I will post this on my Instagram,” he wrote in response to a report on Instagram.

After moving to Barcelona from Leeds United last year, Raphinha has been settling in well at Camp Nou. The forward is committed to staying at the club, but his agent, Deco, who used to play as a midfielder, is aware that both Chelsea and Newcastle United are interested in the player.

According to Jijantes, Newcastle is willing to pay £71m (€80m) for Raphinha’s transfer fee, which is a significant increase from the €65 million (£55m/$65m) that Barcelona paid Leeds to acquire him.

Raphinha will hope to put on an impressive show in the Catalan derby against Espanyol on Sunday as Barcelona close in on the La Liga title.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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