Barça hope Burnley can stay up to bring the cost of Leeds' Raphinha down
Barcelona have a lot to play for on the final day of the Premier League season this Sunday. If Leeds United, who are currently in the bottom three, get relegated, Barça could save more than €20 million on the signing of Raphinha, the winger chosen by the club (with the support of Xavi Hernandez) to strengthen the attack, regardless of what happens with Ousmane Dembele.
Raphinha's Leeds deal expires in 2024 but he has a €25m release clause in the event the Yorkshire side drop into the second tier of English football. Barça's intention is to sign him if Ledds go down.
Therefore, if that happens this weekend, the deal will be almost done, given that SPORT already revealed at the end of March that there is an agreement with the player's agent, Deco, over personal terms.
If Leeds manage to stay up (to do so they have to better Burnley's result), it will be necessary to negotiate a fee with the Premier League side. He would cost around €45m in that scenario.
Barça don't want to pay more than €40m but Barça could make the price up by including a player to bring the financial cost of the deal down.
SPORT have previously revealed that Leeds like Oscar Mingueza. The versatile Catalan defender is not part of Xavi's long-term plans and will be allowed to leave this summer.
All will depend on what happens this weekend. Leeds and Burnley are tied on 35 points, but Burnley's superior goal difference gives them the advantage.
Leeds visit Brentford on Sunday at 5pm, with Burnley kicking off at the same time at home to Newcastle United.