Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola
Barcelona are set to sell one of their top stars in bid to raise funds after Tottenham entered the race for Raphinha with the Catalan club open to selling the former Leeds United star just 18 months after he left England, the Brazilian moved to the Nou Camp in 2022 despite interest from hosts of top European outfits after starring for Leeds United who relegated the same season.
Brazilian winger Raphinha who moved to Barceloma in the summer of 2022 after starring in the Premier League for Leeds United is on the radar of Tottenham as they are currently looking at a deal in the January transfer window according to reports in Spain.
Raphinha scored 10 goals in his debut season at the Nou Camp, playing a pivotal role as Xavi Hernandez’s side won the La Liga title in style, conceding the least amount of goals.
Due to injuries and poor form, he has been restricted to just five starts so far this term and Barcelona could now be set to allow the 26-year-old to return to England with Mundo Deportivo reporting that Spurs would be interested in signing Raphinha in the upcoming transfer window.
The report further revealed that Barcelona are willing to do business if there is a bid that satisfies them as they look to raise funds following their well-documented financial issues.
Real Betis are fearing another injury crisis in the defense line with youngster Chadi Riad edging closer to being called up by Morocco for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations which could see him miss several matches between January and February and would leave the club with Pezzella and Sokratis as their only natural centre-backs.
Ez Abde will almost certainly head to AFCON with Morocco. Riad’s case is much less known, but it does look increasingly likely that he will also be gone.
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Earlier this season, Real Betis had just two fit centre-backs: Chadi Riad and German Pezzella. Luiz Felipe left for Saudi Arabia outside of the transfer window, and Marc Bartra is ruled out long-term after picking up an Achilles tendon injury, which left just Riad and Pezzella as options for Manuel Pellegrini.
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