Barcelona have reportedly made contact with the agent of Leeds United attacker Raphinha over a possible summer transfer.
The Brazil international has continued to shine for the Whites amid their relegation dogfight, scoring nine goals and providing three assists in 27 Premier League appearances this term.
Raphinha is widely expected to leave if Jesse Marsch‘s side suffer relegation back down to the Championship, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich all linked with a swoop.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona also hold a serious interest in signing the 25-year-old, and contact has been made with his agent, who has close ties to president Joan Laporta.
Romano adds that Barca are yet to touch base with Leeds over a potential transfer, but Raphinha would be open to a move to Camp Nou.
The ex-Rennes man has registered a total of 15 goals and 12 assists in 59 games for Leeds but has been forced to pull out of the Brazil squad for March’s World Cup 2022 qualifiers due to COVID-19.
Raphinha’s contract at Elland Road is due to expire at the end of the 2023-24 season.