New winds began to blow at the Nou Camp. Xavi revived Barcelona, began to restore its old splendor, the Catalan club gets back on its feet and becomes an attractive destination again. No one is looking at Barcelona through the prism of a club that will need time to heal - a brilliant evening at the Santiago Bernabeu in the flood of poker goals since Xavi's arrival has contributed to that - but as a team that will shoot at the highest ranges from next season.
Barcelona has started a major reconstruction this winter - it was only the first phase. A much bigger echo is expected in the summer when European giants are finishing "big jobs" The summer will be hot, the Catalans are hitting the ground and preparing the ground to shake the market.
In the coming days, the official one along with Franck Kessie should appear on the Blaugrana website, and the priority during the summer market will be the engagement of the Brazilian wing of Raphinha from Leeds. Barcelona temporarily stopped "Operation Haaland" and aimed at the Brazilian, who is now her first target, the Catalan newspapers Mundo deportivo and Sport report.
But, it will not be any easier for the Catalans to bring Raphinha from the Norwegian goal machine. Leeds has two jewels, Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, and they will be honestly scalded this summer. The Yorkshires could raise a total of over 140,000,000 euros - maybe even more - on the basis of set release clauses for the deadly duo of the national teams of Brazil and England, but they could also make a lot of money on Raphinha transfer… What's the catch?
Raphinha's release clause
The Brazilian, when the Catalan media describes him as "pure dynamite", has an release clause of 84,000,000 euros, which is too much for Barcelona, but if Leeds drops out of the Championship, the money Blaugrana would have to pay to the Eland Road team for Raphinha's freedom would drop to trivial 25,000,000 euros.
And, the Brazilian winger refused to extend his contract with the Premier League, although Leeds is willing to double his salary (he earns about 4,000,000 euros a year). The fact that agent Deco is in the pole position for Raphinha's signature because the scorer of 15 and the creator of 12 goals for Leeds in 58 eight games - he has played so many since coming from Rennes.
The former Barcelona player pointed out to the sports sector of the Catalan club the complexity of the situation, but also the player's message to the leaders of Leeds that he wants to leave Eland Road. Barcelona is trying to realize that transfer, but if Leeds does not slip into the Championship, it is unlikely that the Brazilian will start the Camp Nou without paying Blaugrana 84,000,000 euros at the expense of the Yorkshires.