This summer will be exciting in both Newcastle and Barcelona but for very different reasons. The Newcastle United squad is getting ready for the Champions League, while Barcelona is trying to deal with their financial problems and get Lionel Messi to return.
One could lead to the other, and it has been suggested that FC Barcelona might sell Raphinha to raise money for a move for Messi transfer, who is expected to leave PSG this summer when his contract ends.
There are rumors that Newcastle wants to sign Raphinha and has even told Barcelona they are willing to break their transfer record.
The British media have said that’s not true, but Xavi has told Newcastle what will happen to the Brazilian player.
Xavi wants Raphinha at Barcelona.
The manager of Barcelona talked to Mundo Deportivo about what will happen to Raphinha at FC Barcelona.
He said, “Raphinha is a very important football player to me.”
“If it were up to me, Raphinha would stay in Barcelona team. He will help us a lot. He assisted us and changed things for our team.
Newcastle Forced to Explore Alternative Options
Since Xavi wants Raphinha to stay at Barcelona, it appears that Newcastle has to find a new right winger somewhere else.
This is a position where Newcastle wants to get better. Eddie Howe wants to give Miguel Almiron more competition. Even though he had a great season in 2022/23, the Magpies should find someone else.
We need a stronger team next season to be successful on multiple fronts, and Raphinha would be a big step up from what we have now.
He has previously performed well in the Premier League and has demonstrated that he can make a difference in the final quarter while wearing a Barcelona jersey. In the inaugural season, the 26-year-old forward has 10 goals and 12 assists.
That’s a lot of cash, so it’s easy to understand why Xavi isn’t interested in selling him this summer.