West Ham United reportedly have an advantage over Barcelona in the race to sign Leeds ace Raphinha in the summer.
That’s according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo who claim that the Hammers are better positioned than Barca to offer the 25-year-old guaranteed regular first-team football.
It’s not surprising is it.
David Moyes has one of the smallest squads in world football at his disposal at the London Stadium. And it’s set to get even smaller in the summer.
Meanwhile, Barcelona have a plethora of talented players, especially in the attacking department.
Raphinha may be more attracted to a move to Barcelona from Leeds but sitting on the bench all the time at the Camp Nou will not be an appealing prospect whatsoever. And that’s where West Ham have a huge advantage according to a report in Spain…
West Ham lead Barcelona in Raphinha chase
Mundo Deportivo reckon that the Hammers are poised to beat Barcelona to the signature of the 25-year-old Leeds star.
Should West Ham manage to prise the Brazilian away from Elland Road then what an incredible signing he would be.
Raphinha has been described as ‘unplayable’ by BBC football journalist Adam Pope.
The 25-year-old has bagged 16 goals and 12 assists in 63 games for the Whites and this season, he has 10 goals and three assists to his name in 31 Premier League gams (Transfermarkt).
The Leeds ace possesses incredible technical ability, impressive pace and has an absolute wand of a left foot.
If the Whites want £60 million for the Brazilian (Give Me Sport), then West Ham should just pay it. Raphinha would be more than worth that kind of fee over the next four or five years.
And if West Ham manage to beat Barcelona to the 25-year-old Leeds star’s signature in the summer transfer window, we would be absolutely delighted.