Last summer, Leeds United sold Brazilian winger Raphinha to Barcelona in a transfer that was worth £55m. Raphinha moved to the Camp Nou with high expectations after impressing in the Premier League but things haven't gone as planned in Catalonia. In 45 appearances for Barcelona last season, the 26-year-old only managed to get eight goals and eight assists – a return that wouldn't have satisfied the player or his manager.
Given his average start to life at Barcelona, there are some rumours that Raphinha could be on the look for a new club this summer. While a move will likely be dependent on Xavi being able to bring in an adequate replacement, there is a chance that Raphinha does move on this summer. Here are the latest odds on where he might end up.
Raphinha next club latest odds
To stay at Barcelona – 4/11
Although there have been rumors linking the Brazil international with a move away from the Camp Nou, the bookmakers believe the most likely outcome this summer is that he stays put. Barcelona haven't exactly been the most active club in the transfer market so far and appear to have financial issues which has restricted their spending.
There are more intense rumours linking Ousmane Dembele with a move away from the Camp Nou and given he is Xavi's other option on the right wing, it is unlikely that he would sanction the sale of Raphinha too if Dembele does move to PSG.
Another reason why Raphinha is likely to stay at Barcelona is that he is unlikely to want to give up on his Barcelona dream after just one season. Sure, things didn't go as planned next season but the talent is still there and he could flourish now he's fully settled in Spain.
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Manchester City – 2/1
If Raphinha does leave Barcelona this summer then the bookmakers believe the most likely destination for the Brazilian is Manchester City. The English champions have been linked with a move for the ex-Leeds man in recent weeks and on the face of it, the move does make complete sense for all parties.
City have seen Riyad Mahrez leave the club this summer which means they are very much in the market for a right-footed left winger to fill that void. Raphinha certainly ticks that box, and te 26-year-old would surely be tempted to move back to the Premier League where his more direct style of play is better suited.
Any Saudi Pro League club – 20/1
Given this is the 2023 summer transfer window, it's impossible to rule out a move to the Saudi Pro League. Clubs in that division have been busier than anyone else this summer and have already snapped up several big names including Karim Benzema, Jordan Henderson, and Riyad Mahrez.
Raphinha would represent something of a coup for the Saudi Pro League should one of their clubs make a big bid for him as he is someone who is far from the end of his career. Signing someone who starts for Brazil and who is in the prime of their career would be a real statement move so it's certainly something to keep an eye on.