Leeds have to be cautious about signing an ‘incredible’ £29m ace ‘much like Messi’.

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Do you believe reports Leeds United have rejected a £30m bid for Barcelona’s Raphinha. Yes, you read it right. 30 million pounds.

Not £70m. Not £60m. But £30m. Just around £10million more than Leeds paid when they signed the Rennes winger in the summer of 2020, ahead of two seasons of scintillating Premier League football under his belt, not to mention a handful of caps for the Brazil national team.

You don’t have to tell us if Leeds have decided to accept or reject Barcelona’s offer.

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On the other hand, Barcelona aren’t really capable of breaking the bank last summer. Don’t let Ferran Torres’ £50m signing distract you from the fact that Barca are still about one billion euros in debt.

La Liga has signed eight new years since the last player but only one of those – Torres – came for a fee. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia were freebies. Luuk de Jong, Adama Traore and Yusuf Demir have been loaned out.

So if Barcelona are serious about adding Raphinha to a redesigned front line, they will have to get creative.

Raphinha out, Trincao in?

Accordingly SportsBarca have offered versatile defender Oscar Mingueza as a replacement in the Raphinha deal. Mundo Deportivo believe Francisco Trincao, the winger currently on loan at Wolves, has also been suggested.

When you consider that no team in Premier League history have conceded as many goals from 28 games as Leeds United, with 38 games played, you would be forgiven for suspecting Mingueza is the one to bet on.

However, Trincao is certainly an intriguing prospect. Barcelona paid £26m for him when he was just 20 years old. A former Braga teammate even went so far as to compare him to the peerless.

“Trincao is an incredible player with a lot of character and remarkable quality,” said Abel Ruiz Portugal Goal.

“He’s a great dribbler. He can get past his man on either side – right, left – and he has a very good shot. He’s a complete player. I would say he resembles (Lionel) Messi.”

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Trincao clearly has talent.

It’s just that he didn’t really show it at Wolves in particular. Well, until Leeds, of course, arrived at Molineux in mid-March.

Trincao came off the bench in the first half that night and delivered perhaps the best 20-minute performance of his senior career. He assisted Jonny Castro Otto’s opener, hitting the post from 25 yards out and, after smashing Jesse Marsch’s defence, hit the bottom corner with a beautiful shot from outside the box.

Trincao has recorded just one goal and one assist in 22 Premier League games. And both came against Leeds. It’s worth noting that he’s also most effective when playing in the same right position that Raphinha made his own at Elland Road. So he could be a ready successor for the Brazilian.

In terms of end product and efficiency, however, there is only one winner. In two prem seasons, Raphinha has 15 goals and 12 assists. Figures that Trincao can only dream of.

On the other hand, he is three years younger than Raphinha. Who says when Trincao is 25 he won’t be producing performances like the ones at the Molineux on March 18thth Week after week?

Trincao is a risk. There’s only one way to find out if it’s worth taking.

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