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Raphinha ‘frustrated’ as winger makes decision on Barcelona future

Barcelona winger Raphinha is frustrated with life at the club, a report has claimed, but is determined to stay at Camp Nou this summer.

Raphinha has been heavily linked with a move away from Barcelona as the club seek to raise money, with both the Premier League and Saudi Arabia touted as potential landing spots for the 27-year-old.

According to Sport, these constant links away from Barcelona have left Raphinha feeling frustrated, not least because he knows there is an element of truth to the matter.

Raphinha is said to believe that he does not have the full support of the fans, the club’s board or the Spanish press, going as far as to feel as though he has never been backed ever since his expensive move to the club in the summer of 2022.

Despite being made available for sale, Raphinha is adamant he still has a future at Barcelona and is not prepared to actively search out a new club.


Raphinha feels unfairly targeted / Pedro Salado/GettyImages

Raphinha has not been a regular starter under Xavi this season and has completed 90 minutes just twice in La Liga, and it is for that reason that those in charge at Barcelona are keen to cash in on their valuable asset.

Barcelona are asking for over €80m (£69m) to part ways with Raphinha but they are not expected to receive that level of interest from the Premier League, where Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for the former Leeds United winger.

Clubs in Saudi Arabia are expected to bid for Raphinha but, as it stands, the Brazil international has no desire to leave either Barcelona or Europe.


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