Barcelona forward Raphinha has recently put an end to transfer rumors surrounding him, which could potentially hamper Lionel Messi’s return to Camp Nou. The Brazilian winger took to social media to assert that he wishes to stay at the club and fight for his place in the side.
This comes amidst reports of Argentine ace Messi’s imminent return to the Spanish giants, who are facing some financial complications. The Catalans must offload a few players before they can bring back the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Raphinha was reportedly among those on the transfer list but quickly shut down any speculation about his departure with a post on Instagram. He shared a picture of himself in the Blaugrana shirt with the caption: “My future is in this badge.”
The 23-year-old signed for Barcelona just last year and has already established himself as one of the key players, having scored five goals and provided four assists in just eleven La Liga appearances.
Raphinha’s decision to stay is a major boost for the Spanish side, as it will give them more time to negotiate Messi’s return. It is rumored that he has already agreed on personal terms and only a few matters need to be sorted out before his signing can be made official.
In any case, Barcelona will have to make sure that their finances are in order before they can make any more moves in the transfer window. Raphinha’s refusal to depart has given them some much-needed time and fans will be hoping that it is enough for them to pull off a deal with Messi.
For now, all eyes are on Barcelona as they prepare for yet another crucial transfer window. With Raphinha’s decision to stay put, the Catalans are ready to make their move and sign one of the greatest players in football history.