Raphinha is one of the Barcelona attackers whose future at Camp Nou is uncertain this summer. Given the club’s financial difficulties, the former Leeds United starlet’s name has been bandied about as a possible departure, alongside the names of Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati.
Raphinha, however, has not shown a strong desire to leave Camp Nou. There are rumers that he might leave FC Barcelona and join other teams or he can join Saudi Pro League to earn more money then he is making at FC Barcelona.
Saudi Pro League and its Cash Flow
Saudi Arabia is courting the Brazilian. According to Achraf Ben Ayad, Saudi Arabian clubs are considering signing Raphinha this summers.
Saudi Arab is oil-rich country with billion of dollars in reserves. Now they are pivoting their economy towards tourism and sports. Recently, Cristiano Ronaldo has joined the Saudi Pro League team. Due to Saudis are on buying spree Europeans are unable to afford players. Recently, these players have joined Saudi Clubs, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly, and most recently, Marcelo Brozovic.
Even players at the top of their game are starting to think about moving to Saudi Arabia because the clubs there pay so much money.
So, it will be fascinating to see if Raphinha, whose current market value is €60 million, is also attracted by such a good contract. The attacking player has a lot of influence and will probably get a big salary in Saudi Arabia.
Barcelona could also benefit from a move to the Middle East, since Saudi Arabia has a lot more to offer than Premier League clubs.
This will help the club make some cash on the Raphinha deal and cut down on the amount of money the team has to pay in salaries.
But because of how important he was overall last season, even though he got off to a slow start, Barca is unlikely to sell him unless they get a very good offer.