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In a recent report, LeedsLive conveyed that Barcelona are reportedly showing keen interest in bringing the Leeds United attacking midfielder Raphinha to Camp Nou.

The report also states that a deal worth upto €65m (approximately £55m) could be in play for Raphinha, should the Leeds star decide to move in the upcoming transfer window.

Raphinha’s Impressive Run with Leeds United this season

Raphinha is having a solid campaign at the Elland Road and has established himself as a key player in the Whites’ midfield area. The 25-year-old has scored 10 goals and created 3 assists, over 35 appearances for Leeds United across all fronts.

The 25-year-old has given a good account of himself. He has performed spectacularly in the midfield this season by averaging 1.5 tackles, 1.8 dribbles, 1.6 long balls, 2.4 shots per 90 minutes across all fronts. However, he has only been decent in distributing the ball, making 69% of his passes in English top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Raphinha of Leeds United linked to Barcelona
Leeds United’s Brazilian midfielder Raphinha Dias Belloli leans against a post inside the empty stadium after the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on May 15, 2022. – The game finished 1-1. – RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

Should Barcelona bring the midfielder to Camp Nou?

Raphinha is a versatile midfielder who can play in various positions across the final third. The Brazilian midfielder can make effective runs from the midfield. Barcelona’s attack will significantly strengthen with the addition of Raphinha’s talents as he is quick on his feet which allows him to skip past the opposition and create some meaningful chances in front of the goal. So we can expect the talented individual to add more bite and steel to the Catalan club’s midfield.

Raphinha would be a great fit and can look to give competition in the midfield area. Should the midfielder move to Camp Nou he will most likely contend for a first-team position with Xavi’s midfield trio comprising the likes of Sergio Busquets, Frenkie De Jong and Gavi.

At 25, the Leeds star will only get better with his best days still ahead of him, so it would be wise of Xavi to get him on board when the transfer window commences this summer.

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