Manchester United have reportedly outbid Barcelona for Leeds star Raphinha. However, it is stated that the player’s agent Deco is still working hard to ensure his client moves to Camp Nou instead of Old Trafford. And it now looks like the two European giants are embroiled in a transfer brawl as they seek to strengthen their respective squads.
Manchester United know they need a new striker this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo is nearing the end of his career, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford haven’t started and Jadon Sancho has yet to live up to expectations following his £73million move from Borussia Dortmund last year.
Mason Greenwood also remains unavailable, while Edinson Cavani has left the club after two years on their books.
In that case, Sport now say United have made a bid for Raphinha from Leeds – who scored 11 Premier League goals in 35 appearances in the competition last season.
Although the amount they offered isn’t specified, it’s claimed that it’s actually higher than what Barcelona offered Leeds.
But although United are pushing to land the Brazil international, Barcelona are still ahead in the race to sign him.
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Frenkie de Jong is their main transfer target, although Barcelona are trying to get as much money as possible for their prized asset.
In defence, Pau Torres and Jurrien Timber have both been linked amid uncertainty over their future at Villarreal and Ajax.
And, up top, United are admirers of RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku and Ajax’s Antony – as well as Raphinha.
Speaking earlier this month, former United star Paul Parker called on his former side to land Raphinha this summer.
“Now he (Raphinha) is not a centre-forward, he’s a wide player, he’s creative. He plays off the cuff, he improvises,” he said.
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“So I would say he’s everything Manchester United stands for. When you look at Manchester United players, none of them have really done much.
“One player has really made an impact as a wide player, but he’s inexperienced and he needs to work with better quality players, more honest players, more professional senior pros, and that’s (Anthony) Elanga. Sancho showed previews.
“Rashford, let’s leave Rashford out of it. They haven’t had anything from someone from a wide area who’s going to be scary in attacking position.
“So, yeah, I have to say he (Raphinha) would be a very good signing and the fact that he’s playing in the Premier League is a fact that makes even more sense. They don’t have to worry about the integration.
“So common sense says, if he’s available, when you talk about money, I think he’s worth £35m. I would say he would be a very, very good signing for Manchester United.”