Report: 25-year-old expects summer transfer to be announced in next hours after turning down Chelsea move
Leeds United winger Raphinha is very close to joining Barcelona for €55million (£46.6m) plus performance-related add-ons despite a higher offer from Chelsea, according to Spanish outlet Sport.
The 25-year-old, who has been left out of Leeds’ travelling squad for their pre-season tour in Australia, is reportedly hoping that his transfer to Barcelona could be announced in the next few hours.
Sport also claims that Raphinha feels relieved after weeks of uncertainty regarding his future in which he kept pushing for a move to Barcelona.
While he still has two years left in his contract at Elland Road, Leeds already signed Luis Sinisterra from Feyenoord to replace him, so his waiting for Barcelona, who have been facing financial issues, was rather risky.
Sport adds that Barcelona have won the transfer race against Chelsea, who had already had a €70million (£59.3m) agreement with Leeds for the Brazil international.
Bear in mind, while Sport uses euro in their report, the Daily Mail claims that Barcelona’s latest offer is worth £55m + £8m in add-ons.
Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, however, insisted that Leeds have yet to give the green light for Raphinha’s potential Barcelona move despite the Spanish club’s improved bid.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have reportedly secured a £47.5m deal (plus £2.5m in add-ons) to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.
Thomas Tuchel could be in the market for another attacker following Romelu Lukaku’s Inter Milan return on a season-long loan, but as it stands, Chelsea will have plenty of attacking options.