Raphinha: Leeds reveal that the winger is nearing completion on a £55 million transfer to Barcelona.
Barcelona announced on Wednesday that it had secured an agreement to retain French forward Ousmane Dembélé and to sign Leeds playmaker Raphinha.
Raphinha, a 25-year-old winger from Brazil, was expected to pass a physical before being signed. Leeds added that it has struck a preliminary understanding with Barcelona.
Dembélé, whose contract is anticipated to be extended through the end of 2024, was also confirmed to be staying with the team by Barcelona president Joan Laporta. Dembélé did well this past season despite declining to go on loan.
The Catalan team has been making progress after going through a difficult financial crisis brought on by the pandemic, with previous club executives also being held accountable for poor management.
Although the Raphinha transfer's financial terms were not immediately made public, local media reported that Barcelona would pay close to 60 million euros ($60 million) plus add-ons.
Raphinha is "great in one on ones, with taking on defenders a fundamental element of his game," according to Barcelona. He was referred to as a "difference-maker."
Raphinha earned his international debut for Brazil last season and is expected to be named to the team for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Early in his career, Raphinha relocated from Brazil to Europe. He joined the Portuguese team Vitória Guimares before transferring to Sporting Lisbon in 2018 for 6.5 million euros.
He left Leeds for Rennes in 2019 for 21 million euros, joined Leeds a year later, and soon established himself as a crucial member of Marcelo Bielsa's team.
Lewandowski is hoping he can conclude a deal to Barcelona in the next weeks as the club looks to engage in negotiations with the Bavarians once more. Lewandowski has received death threats from irate Bayern fans.
The official announcement is anticipated to be made on Thursday or Friday. Raphinha is anticipated to arrive in Barcelona today to finish his medical.
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