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Barcelona’s Raphinha wanted at Al-Hilal to replaced injured Neymar

The Saudi rumors are back

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Barcelona winger Raphinha is reportedly wanted by Saudi side Al-Hilal as a potential replacement for Neymar.

The former Barcelona star has been ruled out for the long-term once again with a serious knee injury and is not expected back for another eight months.

Diario Sport reckon Al-Hilal will try to sign a replacement in the January transfer window and have added Raphinha to their list of targets.

The Brazilian was also linked with a move away in the summer but made it clear he wasn’t interested in a transfer after just one season at Barca.

It’s unlikely that his stance will have changed much, although Al-Hilal will be aware he’s not had the best start to the season.

Injury and an early suspension have seen Raphinha struggle to really get going and he’s only scored twice so far this season.

Barca’s financial situation does make the club vulnerable to offers, although it might take something special to convince the Catalans to do business midway through the season.

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