£70m Newcastle United ‘target’ hits out at ‘fake news’ over Premier League transfer

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One Magpies target has hit out at speculation over his future.

Barcelona winger Raphinha has hit out at rumours he has agreed to leave the La Liga giants this summer amid speculation linking him with a move to Newcastle United and Chelsea.

The Brazil international has enjoyed a positive first season at the Camp Nou after joining Barca in a £55m deal from Leeds United. Playing a key role in his new side’s push for the La Liga title, Raphinha has scored ten goals and provided 11 assists in 45 appearances in all competitions - but there has still be heavy speculation his stay in Catalonia will be limited to just one year.

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Barcelona’s financial situation has led to speculation several players could be allowed to depart the club this summer with Spanish outlets Mundo Deportivo and Sport both reporting around £175m will have to be cut from their annual wage bill if they are to meet La Liga’s financial regulations.

Although some of their concerns may be eased by their impending La Liga title success and subsequent return to the Champions League, there have been recent reports stating ‘one big sale’ could be made to help ease the club’s financial concerns. That was followed up by suggestions Raphinha would be made available for around £70m and that the winger has already agreed to depart the Camp Nou and return to the Premier League - but those reports have been refuted by the former Leeds United star.

Replying to a post on Instagram suggesting the Magpies and Chelsea were showing the most interest in the winger after he has given the ‘ok’ to leaving the Camp Nou, Raphinha said: “Fake news. Whoever said this is lying. This is lying. Whoever said this is a liar, misinformed and unprofessional. If my comment gets deleted I’ll post on my instagram.”

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