FOOTBALL – Barcelona and Leeds confirm Raphinha transfer agreement as €65m deal moves closer

Barcelona and Leeds have confirmed that an agreement is in place for Raphinha to move to the Spanish club in a deal worth up to €65 million (£55m/$65m). The Brazil winger will now undergo a medical and sign his Barcelona contract, which will run through 2027, on Wednesday as he prepares to seal his move to La Liga.

Raphael Dias Belloli also had Chelsea and Arsenal courts, but eventually chose to leave the Premier League after spending two years in England.

Barcelona & Leeds confirm Raphinha agreement

Leeds confirms agreement with Barca to sell Rafinha in a statement on their website, which reads: “We can confirm that an agreement in principle has been reached with FC Barcelona for the transfer of Dias Belloli.

“The player will now undergo a medical in Spain.”

Barca will make its own statement prior to the official announcement of Rafinha‘s move, after which Winger will make a statement to supporters of the Camp Nou.

A closer look at the deal

The negotiations to bring Raphael Dias Belloli to Barcelona had been underway since Sunday, with the winger having his heart set on Barcelona despite prior links to Chelsea.

The Blues had made an identical proposal to Barcelona‘s, leaving the Brazilian with a choice of his next club.

In the end, he chose Barca, and the deco of both the agent and former member clubs processed the contract. Raphinha will now earn double what he made in salary during his time with Leeds, while Barca will pay an initial €59m (£50m/$59m) in installments, and a further €6m (£5m/$6m) in potential add-ons.

Raphinha’s time at Leeds

The winger originally joined Leeds in 2020 after breaking out with French side Rennes in 2019-20.

He made a total of 67 appearances for the club, scoring 17 goals during his time in England.

Rafinha has also been successful on the Brazilian national team since moving to Leeds, winning nine caps each.

Chelsea’s summer business

The Blues have missed out on an important target, but they still have a busy window ahead of them.

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has signed a deal, and Kalidou Koulibaly, with Kalidou Koulibaly, Nathan Ake and Matthijs de Ligt on their radar.

The latter is also being chased by Bayern Munichwho were in Turin this week for negotiations with Juventus.

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