Although Liverpool had made a new offer to Leeds United for Raphinha that satisfies the Leeds board, the player has declined the interest of the Reds because he prefers to play for Barcelona.
According to "Sport", he has even had an agreement with Barcelona since March.
Raphinha wants his future to be with Barcelona, the team he wants to join next season.
The Spanish club’s board of directors were on alert for a new approach from Liverpool, but that has come to nothing because, as indicated by the newspaper "Sport", the Brazilian has made it clear to the English that he prefers to join the ranks of Xavi Hernandez.
In fact, he has had a salary agreement with the Spaniards since March.
This situation is very positive for the "Cules," as it means that Joan Laporta, the president, has been able to reach a consensus regarding his wages despite the compromised financial situation he has to manage.
Obviously, this does not make the Catalans superior to the Anfield representatives, who have the money to make much more attractive offers.
But, despite them, the striker is still waiting for the Catalan project, which could experience a very different season to the one that has just ended, with reinforcements and with his coach in place from the start.
One potential problem for Barcelona in this transfer is that what Raphinha wants may not necessarily be what Leeds United want.
The club’s board do look favourably on selling him to Liverpool if the offer is right for them, so if Barça delay, there may be pressure on the player to give up his desire to play under Xavi.