Leeds United have been linked with a move for Barcelona youngster Ez Abde, as the Catalan club look to bring Raphinha the other way.
The Whites are already in the thick of their transfer business for this summer with one player in and another being heavily linked with a move away.
Raphinha may have played his last game for Leeds after helping the side to a win over Brentford sealing survival from relegation, and essentially doubling his price tag in the process.
Leeds’ Brazilian sensation is hot property at the moment and it’s looking almost inevitable that he will be leaving, and he’s likely to be in the colours of Barcelona, should they pay up what Leeds demand.
Safety means Jesse Marsch’s side are able to command a much higher fee than if they finished a place lower and were consigned to the Championship, and that means Barcelona are in a tricky spot if they want their man.
Now, Spanish publication Sport are claiming that youth winger Ez Abde is a player that Leeds have discussed with Barcelona as a means to make the deal cheaper for them to bring Raphinha to the Nou Camp.
Abde has emerged as a real first-team contender and might have a chance for more minutes if Ousmane Dembele departs, but he could be a very viable makeweight for Barcelona to make Raphinha affordable.
The Moroccan international has made 10 league appearances this season, scoring once.
As much as Abde might be a player that fits into our side and would be a good investment, we shouldn’t be compromising how much we get for Raphinha.
Barcelona will be trying everything to get the price down on this deal, including potential swaps, and we shouldn’t buy into it.
If we can still get above £50million for Raphinha while still getting a player in return, then maybe it’s a viable option for us.
That said, we shouldn’t be limiting ourselves to the talent pool of one club to replace Raphinha.