Barcelona are in discussion with Deco, the agent of Leeds United winger Raphinha, whilst Liverpool and Chelsea remain on stand-by.
The Leeds winger has been a shining light for the Whites this season in what has been a poor season so far and has been heavily linked with a move away.
Liverpool have been consistently linked with the Brazilian ever since his move to the Premier League in the summer of 2020 but the arrival of Luis Diaz in January could cool their interest.
Chelsea are also thought to be keen on Raphinha and could look to bring him to Stamford Bridge should their ongoing ownership crisis be solved in the coming weeks and months.
However, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has now revealed that Spanish giants Barcelona are already in discussions with Deco, who made over 150 appearances for the club, over a potential deal for the winger.
Romano does also state that Barca are yet to start talks with Leeds and that any deal would be subject to should they beat off the threat of relegation.
Barcelona are interested in Raphinha alongside Premier League clubs, including Liverpool [Chelsea wanted him, now in stand-by]. Barça already discussed about Raphinha with Deco. #FCB
No talks yet with Leeds – as price depends on their PL future and potential buy out clauses. https://t.co/iof4IPzMdB
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 14, 2022
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips, who played for Villa, said: “He’s very capable of playing for those big six clubs, there’s no doubt about it.
“He’s a superb player but he’s struggled with injury this season – which could be a concern for any interested club.
“I think when he’s fully fit, he could slot into any of those top sides, and Leeds United are going to have a real battle on their hands to keep him around.
“The only saving grace is that he loves the club, and you’d think that he would want to help them stay in the Premier League.
“I think they’ll be bids flying in for him. There’s no surprise that Villa with Steven Gerrard are in for him.
“It could be a very tempting move for him. He’d be playing under one of the Premier League’s best midfielders.”
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