Barcelona have reportedly reached a ‘full agreement’ over the transfer of Raphinha after Leeds accepted a bid worth €67m.
It had been reported that Barcelona might struggle to be able to afford Leeds’ asking price due to the financial pressure on the club with Chelsea and Arsenal also interested in the Brazilian.
Chelsea have already reportedly had a bid accepted for Raphinha but the winger’s preference to join Barcelona has already seen the Blues move on to other targets.
And now following a lot of rumours, U-turns and speculation, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed on Tuesday that Barcelona ‘have finally submitted the official bid for Raphinha’ that should see the Brazilian end up at the Camp Nou.
And now Romano has revealed that a bid of €58m plus a further €9m in add-ons has been accepted by Leeds.
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
Romano added that Raphinha has only had eyes for Barcelona since February and that he’s set to sign a five-year deal with the Catalan giants.
Leeds have already signed Raphinha’s replacement after Colombia winger Luis Sinisterra joined from Feyenoord in a deal worth a reported £21.4m.
That deal, which was completed last week, took Leeds’ spending to over £90m this summer with Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca, Darko Gyabi and Tyler Adams all joining.
And Leeds boss Jesse Marsch already likes what he has seen of Sinisterra in training.
He said: “I think he’s a powerful, fast explosive player that’s also intelligent, that can play football, but that can also really play intensively.
“Within 48 hours with him we had a lot of little video sessions and little conversations and you could see quickly that he’s fit well within the group.
“As much as we were looking to bring in players that have certain football qualities, we wanted to make sure that given the quality of the group and how strong they are together, how committed they are with the strong mentality that they have and what good people they are, for Victor and I and Andrea, I think the first step was evaluating the people that we wanted to bring in and making sure that we continue to have such a strong character in our team.
“I think Luis fits that really well.”