Raphinha: Barcelona to formalise interest in Leeds winger this week

West Ham were one of a number of Premier League clubs who tried to sign Raphinha in the last transfer window but Barcelona have made the first move on the Leeds winger

Raphinha celebrates after scoring from the spot to give Leeds the lead at Brentford
Image: Raphinha is attracting interest from Barcelona

Barcelona are expected to make formal their interest in Leeds winger Raphinha in the coming days.

Raphinha has two years left on his contract at Leeds and is not expected to sign a new deal.

One source has told Sky Sports News Raphinha would like to join Barcelona.

The 25-year-old is represented by Deco - friend and former team-mate of Barcelona boss Xavi.

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Leeds fans were in a confident mood after securing their Premier League survival, with one fan joking his side were better than Barcelona, as Raphinha continues to be linked with the Spanish giants

West Ham were one of a number of Premier League clubs who tried to sign Raphinha in the last transfer window.

Raphinha's departure would come as a blow to the Elland Road club with the winger scoring 11 goals to help to secure Premier League survival.

The joy was palpable at the final whistle last Sunday following the vital 2-1 win at Brentford as the player celebrated in the stands with his girlfriend before covering the length of the pitch on his knees in front of the opposing Brentford fans.

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After scoring and securing survival for Leeds on the final day, Raphinha covered the length of the pitch on his knees in front of the opposing Brentford fans

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