The race to sign Raphinha from Leeds United is heating up as Barcelona make fresh contact with Los Blancos over the Brazilian, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The 25-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Catalan giants but their less than ideal financial situation prevents them from being able to match Leeds’ asking price.
Meanwhile, Premier League rivals Chelsea have had their £60million bid accepted by Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani, but the Blues have been unable to reach an agreement with the player as Romano has provided new information. on this subject.
“Over the past few hours Barcelona have had new contacts with Deco, Raphinha’s agent, and they are really pushing,” Romano said on his Youtube channel.
“They said they would do their best to reach an agreement with Leeds but also today Leeds are insisting that the only offer accepted is that of Chelsea.
“They accepted the offer a week ago for £60m and they haven’t yet agreed with Barcelona who are offering €50m plus €10m in add-ons (51.5 million in total).
“Barcelona would need to improve their proposal if they want to sign the player and we know that Raphinha is prioritizing the transfer from Barcelona and has an agreement on personal terms.
“This Raphinha story is going to be a real war between Chelsea and Barca.”
Could he stay?
If, in some sort of crazy move, Todd Boehly also buys Barcelona, a deal could actually be done, but it couldn’t be more unlikely.
It’s pretty clear that Raphinha would rather not join Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge otherwise he would have already agreed to their contract terms and the announcement would have been made.
The chances of Barcelona finding the money to make a sufficient bid seem equally unlikely at the moment and no other moves seem to appeal to the 25-year-old at the moment.
So if the Spaniards can’t find the money, there could be a chance Raphinha will line up at Elland Road on August 6 for our first game of the season against Wolves.
There’s no reason for us to accept less than the Blues have offered and likewise he’s under no obligation to accept their offer if he doesn’t want to move, but that could be the saga who will decide the trajectory of our season. .
In other Leeds United news, contract talks between the Whites and this promising youngster have reached an impasse which is delaying his loan move away from Elland Road.