Here we go! According to Fabrizio Romano, FC Barcelona are on the verge of signing Leeds United winger Raphinha with the Yorkshire club accepting the latest bid of £49 million as a fixed fee plus add-ons, taking the total potentially up to £59 million. The Brazilian international looks set to earn his dream move to the Catalan giants who have seemingly allayed any fears the Premier League club may have had in receiving the transfer fee.
Raphinha to Barcelona, here we go! Full agreement reached with Leeds after today’s bid accepted: €58m fixed fee plus add-ons up to total €67m package. 🚨🔵🔴 #FCB
Raphinha only wanted Barça since February and he’s set to sign until June 2027, time for documents and contracts. pic.twitter.com/JtLXCXa03e
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 12, 2022
Raphinha: FC Barcelona Look Set to Complete the Signing of the Leeds United Winger
Brazilian Winger on the Verge of His Dream Move to FC Barcelona
The Brazilian looks set to sign a contract until June 2027, after FC Barcelona and Leeds United agreed a deal which looks certain to bring one of the most protracted transfer deals this summer to a conclusion. Raphinha has made no secret of his desire to move to the Camp Nou having agreed personal terms on a move back in February. The player desperately waited on the two clubs to agree a fee so he could embark on his dream of playing for the La Liga side.
Discussions between the two clubs had come to a standstill over the past few days, with Leeds United seeking guarantees of payments from the La Liga side before agreeing to any deal, as Leeds had an attractive offer on the table from Chelsea.
It remains to be seen whether the Catalan giants will be able to register Raphinha due to their widely reported financial woes, but despite this potential sticking point, the future of this transfer seems secure, with Leeds agreeing to the sale of their star player.
Chelsea were seemingly favourites for the winger’s signature after having a £55 million offer accepted but it quickly became apparent the only desire of the player was to move to Barcelona, with the Brazilian winger deciding to wait on the two clubs to agree a deal.
Kiko Casilla (Raphinha’s former teammate): “Raphinha? He’s a really outstanding free-kick taker; he’s very versatile and fast as well.” pic.twitter.com/1sAAQV6T8e
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) July 13, 2022
Despite surviving relegation to the Championship, Leeds have long accepted they would be losing their talisman. The club, however, have recently signed his replacement after the club sealed the transfer of Luis Sinisterra from Feyenoord for £21.4 million. The Elland Road club have also recently signed Brenden Aaronson from FC Red Bull Salzburg for a fee of £24.7m. Aaronson can also play on the wing. These new arrivals were financed by the sale of the Brazilian international and Kalvin Phillips.