Newcastle United supporters urge PIF to sign 'perfect' £55m star following Champions League masterclass

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Newcastle United were linked with Raphinha before his big-money move to Barcelona in 2022

Newcastle United supporters were begging to “get Raphinha to the Toon” following his stunning brace against Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona stunned the Parisians 3-2 in their own backyard - giving them a solid chance of reaching the Champions League semi-finals. Many stubborn Toon fans were rooting for the Catalans, with Tino Livramento’s controversial stoppage-time penalty at the Parc des Princes still stinging in the mind.

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Raphinha proved the difference with two goals to give PSG an uphill task in the second leg. His first came from a rebound, coolly slotting home with his right foot from just inside the area to give Barca the lead.

After the host fought back to go 2-1 up, Raphinha restored parity. Pedri floated a perfectly weighted ball over the PSG backline only for the Brazilian to smash a volley into the bottom corner.

He was soon withdrawn before Barcelona regained the lead but Newcastle fans were already calling for his arrival at St James’ Park. One fan wrote: “Raphinha on smoke tonight! Get him to the Toon I beg (wishful thinking I know).”

Another posted on social media: “With Lamine Yamal's emergence, Raphinha's minutes on his favoured right flank will be limited at Barcelona. I still feel like he's the perfect profile for #NUFC in that position. I would absolutely love to see it happen.”

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Newcastle were linked with Raphinha before his £55million move to La Liga. The 27-year-old has starred for Leeds United, almost single-handedly keeping them up a year before their eventual relegation.

Raphinha has since become a seasoned Brazil international but financial uncertainty and the emergence of young stars places his Barca future in doubt. The Magpies were linked with potentially reigniting their interest earlier this year.

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