Barcelona have reportedly been told to meet the valuation of Leeds United for Raphinha. The winger is expected to leave Leeds this summer.
He is being allowed to leave the club after two years at Elland Road. Leeds are undergoing a rebuild under Jesse Marsch. The interested clubs have to match Leeds valuation.
BARCELONA AND RAPHINHA TRANSFER LINKS FULL STORY
According to reports, Barcelona desperately want to sign Raphinha. Raphinha also dreams of playing for Barcelona. However, the La Liga are yet to meet the demands of Leeds United. The player is ready to remain patient to achieve his boyhood dream. Although, Leeds are not ready to be patient. They want to conclude their business early in the window. Barcelona have also submitted an improved offer for Raphinha
However, Leeds are not ready to accept the fee in installments. They want to recoup as much of the transfer fee in one sum. Barcelona have already acknowledged that they are negotiating a deal with Leeds. Laporta has said, ” We have spoken to Leeds and I don’t think they will be offended. We have communication. What happens is that there are other clubs who want Raphinha and they are making their proposals.”
CHELSEA ARE STILL IN THE RACE FOR THE WINGER
It looks like Chelsea are still in the race to sign Raphinha. Many reports suggested the Brazil international already had rejected the Blues. However, that is not the case. They are still an option for Raphinha. Barcelona have to match the Blues proposal to change Leeds minds. Leeds United are very much intent on respecting their agreement with Chelsea.
A bid of £60m is already accepted by Leeds. However, the winger’s first preference is to join Barca. Although, the La Liga club are currently a little short on finance. There are chances Barcelona may withdraw their bid for Raphinha. So, automatically Chelsea will be his choice. The Blues will also be able to provide him with Champions League football.
Chelsea are yet to make any signing in the window. However, they are very close to signing Raheem Sterling. The deal is not expected to prevent Thomas Tuchel from signing another star name in the final third. It looks Chelsea will be busy in the last days of the window.
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