The Brazilian, intent on making a mark in his second season, has asked for the number 11 currently worn by Ferran Torres
This could be Raphinha's breakthrough season. After a year of acclimatisation in which the Brazilian scored 10 goals and provided 12 assists in all competitions, the former Leeds man will have to step up this season, even more so with the pending departure of Ousmane Dembélé.
The Brazilian is aware of his importance in the team and Xavi Hernandez's tactics and is gearing up to rise to the occasion this campaign.
Raphinha has asked for the number 11, which currently belongs to Ferran Torres. It is the number he wears in the Brazilian national team, where he has made it his own.
22 has not been bad for him, but 11 is a special number. He wanted it last season, so the club and Ferran Torres are aware of this. For the player from Foios, the number doesn't mean anything while for Raphinha it does, so he is ready to give it up for another one. Dembélé will leave the 7 free and Ferran Torres could opt for that, having already worn it in the youth ranks of Valencia and the Spanish national team. It would be a win-win situation.
On the pitch, Raphinha and Ferran Torres are expected to improve their performances this season. The imminent departure of Dembélé to PSG and the possibility of a replacement not being signed means that the two wingers have additional in the team. The team needs goals beyond Lewandowski's contribution and both Raphinha and Ferran must contribute.