The Barcelona Soccer Club announced this Wednesday a principle of agreement – in the absence of a medical review – that makes the signing of its great summer star official. In the absence of clarifying if Bayern Munich releases Robert Lewandowski, Barça already has in its ranks Raphinha, a footballer with remarkable numbers in the Premier League, but who loses out in comparison with a footballer like José Luis Morales, also immersed in the fight for relegation last season, in his case at Levante and in the Santander League.
Raphinha He was one of the leaders of Leeds Unitedalong with Kalvin Phillips –recently signed by City– and Daniel Jamesand managed at the last minute to tie the permanence of the British team in the Premier League. With numbers of 11 goals and 3 assists, the brand new Barça signing was the leading scorer of his team last season, although he fell somewhat short in terms of goal passes, especially considering his status as an offensive star of the Leeds.
The problem is the rise of Raphinha from leader of Leeds to star of the Barcelona, because the claims of the Barça team and their investment, of up to 68 million euros for the Brazilian international, go in that direction. The footballer’s statistics fall short for this denomination, but also if we compare them with those of José Luis Morales, a benchmark for the Levante which inevitably descended to the SmartBank League.
Morales played fewer games than Raphinha in the past campaign, 31 for 34 of the Brazilian international, and he was on the pitch fewer minutes –2727 for 2923– than the new player of the Barcelonabut if we talk about goals and assists, Morales, who signed a few days ago for Villarreal at zero cost, surpasses Raphinha with 13 goals scored and seven assists.
However, the big difference is precisely in the price of one footballer and another. While the Villarreal was done with Morales without the need to pay a transfer to Levante, Barcelona will pocket 68 million euros at Leeds United to release the Raphinha and have in their ranks a footballer who has made a good impression on one of the worst teams in the Premier but has a lot to prove in the Camp Nou until justifying his signing at a high price.