Raphinha appears to be unhappy at Barca and could be tempted by a premature January exit. He has scored just two top-flight goals, and the club’s failure to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League presented a further major disappointment.
Earlier this season, the ex-Leeds man told Spanish journalists that he held talks with Xavi over his position. He has generally been used on the left of the attack, but prefers to play on the right.
“Yes, I told Xavi. I think he got it. I want to help the team as much as possible. I told him that I wasn’t helping the team on the left,” he said.
“I don’t mind competing with Ousmane on the right. I like that competition, but I would like to complete in my place, where I feel more comfortable at the moment.”