Barcelona has announced that they have signed an agreement with Leeds United for Raphinha. The transaction is valued at €67 million (£56.57 million). Raphinha’s move depends on a medical exam.

Arsenal and Chelsea both intended to sign the former players, but the Blues ended up signing the winger from Leeds at the end of June. But there were rumors that Raphinha wanted to move to Barcelona, and the president of that team, Joan Laporta, said, “He wants to come.”

The financial problems of Xavi’s team are well known, and Laporta said that Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen couldn’t be registered until their salaries were changed.

But it looks like Barca has made more changes to get Raphinha, who is about to sign a five-year contract.

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Raphinha scored 11 goals for Leeds in the Premier League during his last season after scoring six goals in his first season after coming from Rennes. That was his best goal-scoring performance since the 2017–18 season when he scored 15 times for the Portuguese team, Vitoria Guimaraes.

Since his first game with Leeds, he has directly helped score 29 Premier League goals. He has scored 17 times and set up 12 goals, which is at least five more than any other teammate in that time.

When Barcelona starts their LaLiga season at home against Rayo Vallecano on August 13, Xavi will be hoping that Raphinha can keep scoring as he has been.

A Closer Examination of the Deal

Raphinha’s move to Barcelona has been in the works since Sunday, with the player having his eyes set on the club despite previous links to Chelsea.

The Blues had presented a proposal identical to the one that Barcelona had offered, giving the Brazilian the option of choosing his next club.

In the end, the player decided to go for Barcelona, and his agent, Deco, who had previously played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, oversaw the transfer deal. Raphinha will now be paid twice as much as he was with Leeds, with Barcelona paying an initial €59 million (£50 million/$59 million) in installments and an additional €6 million (£5 million/$6 million) in prospective add-ons.

Raphinha at Leeds

The winger initially signed with Leeds in 2020 after making a name for himself with French club Rennes in 2019–2020.

He performed in 67 games for the team in total, scoring 17 goals while playing in England.

Raphinha made his mark with the Brazilian national squad as well, gaining each of his nine games since moving to Leeds.

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Chelsea’s Next Move

The Blues do have a busy window before them despite missing out on a significant target.

Raheem Sterling, a winger for Manchester City, has a deal in place, and they are still looking for new center-backs; they have Kalidou Koulibaly, Nathan Ake, and Matthijs de Ligt on their list of targets.

Bayern Munich, who was in Turin this week for meetings with Juventus, is also pursuing the latter.

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