Barcelona rejected Arsenal's €70 million bid for Raphinha in January

Barcelona rejected Arsenal's €70 million bid for Raphinha in January

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The Premier League side tried to sign the Brazilian winger last month

Despite the hardship and the delicate economic situation, money is not a priority in certain matters. Barcelona received a €70 million offer from Arsenal this winter for the Brazilian Raphinha but said no. 

The signing of the Brazilian international cost Barça €58m fixed and almost €7m in add-ons last summer, but would have been amortised by a fifth. Therefore, Arsenal's offer it was a good deal economically but the Catalan club turned it down. 

Raphinha is a bet for the future and someone the coaching staff also trust. A sale is ruled out. This season, the winger has played 32 games in the Barça shirt, scoring seven goals and creating nine more.

Raphinha's path to the elite of football has been long and hard-worked. He came up through the youth ranks at Brazilian side Avaí FC before making his first-team debut at the age of 19.

Shortly afterward, he signed for Vitória Guimaraes in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Two years later, in the 2018/19 season, he signed for fellow Portuguese side Sporting Club for a fee of 6.5 million. 

In the summer of 2019, a season later, Raphinha left for Rennes, who paid 21 million for him, and Leeds United snapped up his services in the summer of 2020 for €18.6 million. A career in continuous ascent and built step by step, with tenacity.

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