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Raphinha saga continues: Saudi clubs eye Barcelona star

The Raphinha transfer saga has taken another twist as Saudi Arabian football continues to pursue the Brazilian winger from Barcelona.

Despite the firm stance from Barcelona's sporting director, Deco, that they have no intention of parting ways with Raphinha, offers from Saudi clubs persist, marking him as a top target from July 1 onwards.

A report by Sport, reveals that Barcelona received a fresh offer from Saudi Arabia for their number 11 this past week. However, amidst the crucial phase of the season, the Catalan club have yet to respond, understandable given the high stakes. Nevertheless, the offered transfer fee from Arabia significantly exceeds Barcelona's previous valuation of €80 million for the Brazilian international.

Raphinha, who joined Barcelona from Leeds United in the summer of 2022 for €57 million, remains steadfast in his commitment to the Blaugrana. His current contract, signed for five seasons, with two already amortized by June 30, sees him earning around €5.5 million net per year.

This latest offer from Arabia validates previous indications from intermediaries that Saudi clubs were keen on securing Raphinha's services. Despite uncertainties surrounding the team's performance and achievements under coach Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona acknowledge the need for significant sales in the upcoming summer transfer window to balance the books, a reality well understood in the international market.

While Raphinha has reiterated his desire to win the Champions League with Barcelona, recent developments hint at a potential shift in the situation once the current season concludes. The allure of Saudi football, with giants like Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr, Al-Ittihad, and Al-Ahli vying for his signature, presents a compelling proposition.

These clubs, majority-owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), view Raphinha as a prized asset given his status as a key player for Barcelona and Brazil's national team. 

With the Copa America looming in June, where Brazil aim to reclaim glory against reigning champions Argentina, Raphinha's international pedigree further enhances his appeal to Saudi football executives.

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