Barcelona are expected to come in with an offer for Leeds United’s Raphinha as they aim to hijack Chelsea’s move for the winger.
Leeds’ biggest transfer saga at the moment is in the shape of Raphinha’s proposed exit from the club, with a host of clubs looking to sign him.
Barcelona have been a major player in this race throughout the whole of 2022, but are yet to show their intent with an offer that could challenge that of their Premier League competitors.
Leeds are currently sitting on a near agreement standing at a total package of around £60million with Chelsea (per Fabrizio Romano), but with Raphinha’s stance remaining that a Camp Nou move being the priority, they could never be totally ruled out.
Now, after their significant agreement with Sixth Street to sell 10% of their La Liga TV rights for €267million, they are set to table a substantial offer to Leeds.
Where will Raphinha play next season?
Journalist Gianluigi Longer is reporting that an offer of £60million with £10million in add-ons is being prepared by the Spanish giants:
Unless Barcelona pay the price that we’re asking for, he’s not going to be joining them.
We’re clearly not playing around with this transfer saga, and while Chelsea have a bid that is acceptable on the table, we won’t settle for less from Barcelona or anyone else.
The issue that we have to resolve here is that Barcelona need to be quick to get this done, given that Chelsea could easily walk away from the deal and pursue other targets.
The last thing we need is a late sale for Raphinha when we have our own transfers to pursue.