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West Ham given serious new Raphinha hope as Leeds set transfer fee which rules out Barcelona

West Ham have been given serious new Raphinha hope as Leeds set a transfer fee which rules out Barcelona for a summer move.

West Ham were reportedly seriously keen to sign Leeds United’s Brazilian ace Raphinha during the January transfer window.

The likes of Sky Sports claimed that the Hammers wanted to sign the brilliant Leeds ace.

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And a number of sources reported West Ham saw a bid of £50m turned down by Leeds during the last knockings of the window (90 Min).

Marcelo Bielsa brought the 25-year-old to Leeds in the summer of 2020 for around £17 million and he has established himself as one of the best players outside the top six.

West Ham also reportedly moved for Raphinha’s Leeds teammate Kalvin Phillips in January. And reports have abound since that Moyes will try again in the summer.

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Of course West Ham are not alone with Barcelona being consistently linked with Raphinha too.

With Barca in for the Brazilian, West Ham’s interest appeared futile.

But there was an update on the situation from both The Athletic and Football Espana last night.

And West Ham have been given serious new Raphinha hope as Leeds set a transfer fee which rules out Barcelona.

According to The Athletic, Leeds have set a £60m asking price for Raphinha – just £10m more than West Ham reportedly bid in January.

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And Football Espana are reporting overnight that the fee set by Leeds all but rules out a move to Barcelona, who are working under restricted transfer spending.

Football Espana reports that Barca had been confident of signing Raphinha for his £25m release clause had Leeds been relegated.

But the Elland Road outfit survived and now Leeds have set the big fee for their star player, who scored 11 goals and laid on three assists in the Premier League last season.

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The Athletic claims Leeds are ‘sympathetic’ to Raphinha’s ambition and desire to move and “do not intend to be obstructive if his valuation is met”.

However West Ham – notorious for bidding way under a player’s reported value in the transfer market – should be warned. Leeds sources have indicated they will not consider any bids that fall under the £60m mark.

With that figure ruling out Barcelona, West Ham will surely be hugely encouraged about the possibility of signing Raphinha.

The only sticking point may be his preference to play in the Champions League should a club in UEFA’s top competition rival West Ham for him.

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