Raphinha finished his first year at Barcelona with a commendable record of 10 goals and 12 assists. However, the winger only became a prominent figure on Xavi’s team after Ousmane Dembele, his direct competitor, picked up an injury in the second half of the season.
The Brazilian has a contract with the Catalans until 2027, and normally you would expect a player to continue with his team after a decent first season. However, Barça are struggling financially and need to make sales. With the 26-year-old being one of the most valuable assets in the squad, we see why Raphinha’s transfer odds have been going up.
List of latest Raphinha transfer odds
The clubs from Saudi Arabia have been the winners of this transfer window so far, so it is not a surprise to see them on top when it comes to Raphinha’s next club odds. They are accompanied by Premier League’s nouveau riche Newcastle United, while Europe’s top clubs trail behind.
|Raphinha next club||SkyBet ODDS|
|Any Saudi Pro League club||7.0|
Any Pro League club
The clubs from Saudi Arabia have brought over several established superstars this summer – Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Roberto Firmino, just to name a few – and don’t look like stopping. The league’s selling point has been the insane salaries they are ready to offer anyone willing to move there, the players can even pick the club they like more.
Raphinha is among the best-paid players at Camp Nou, earning around €6 million per season after taxes, but that is nowhere near €200 million Benzema will be pocketing at Al Ittihad. The question remains whether money is enough to convince a player whose best years are still ahead.
After the acquisition of the club by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, Newcastle United finished 4th in the Premier League and will be featuring in the Champions League for the first time since the 2003/04 season. The project had a good start but reinforcements are needed to capitalize on the success.
Newcastle were one of the teams interested in Raphinha last summer but the Brazilian chose Barcelona as, among other things, they were offering European football.
The Magpies have not dropped their interest and have reportedly submitted a bid of €30 million plus Bruno Guimaraes last month. The offer was rejected but the summer is only starting – now Newcastle can offer both European football and a good salary.
The Gunners tried to sign Raphinha as recently as last winter but the winger refused to leave Barça mid-season. Arsenal would go on to lose the Premier League titles in the final weeks because of their thin squad, and Raphinha would have addressed that exact issue.
The problem now is that Mikel Arteta’s team has already bought Kay Havertz to bolster the attacking line and has now moved on to other positions, making Declan Rice their prime target. Besides, Raphinha would have to compete with Bukayoko Saka for a starting spot at Arsenal. Does he really want to be in another situation as last year, when you play only if your direct competitor is injured or tired?
Raphinha was just one signature away from joining Chelsea last year when Barcelona intervened and snatched him. New owner Todd Bohely continues his work on remodelling the squad and, as per rumours, the Blues have not lost sight of the player and are part of Raphinha’s next club odds.
A new player up front might not be exactly what coach Mauricio Pochettino needs, especially after the transfers of Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson. Raphinha may be back in the picture if there is a sale, though, with the likes of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech rumoured to be close to an exit from Stamford Bridge.
The coach who nearly signed Raphinha for Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel, is now in charge at Bayern Munich. The German gaffer is claimed to have given his go-ahead to bring the Brazilian over as long as Bayern Munich and Barcelona can strike a deal.
With the Bavarian club reportedly pushing winger Serge Gnabry to leave, Raphinha would certainly come in handy. However, it appears it will be difficult for Bayern and Barça to find an agreement. The Catalans are asking for Joshua Kimmich to be part of the deal but the Bundesliga giants don’t seem ready to say goodbye to one of their captains. A cash-only offer could convince Barça, but Bayern have other priorities at the moment (like Harry Kane).