Deal struck between Barcelona and Leeds winger Raphinha


Deal struck between Barcelona and Leeds winger Raphinha

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The Brazilian is set to join the Catalans with negotiations with Leeds yet to be completed

Barcelona and Raphinha have reached an agreement for him to join them from Leeds United in the summer.

SPORT have learned the Brazil international have reached an agreement that will help them to finish the open negotiations with Leeds. Deco, the player’s agent and someone closely linked to Barça, has agreed with club and player his salary and the contractual issues.

The 25 year old with an Italian passport, will join for five seasons. He has accepted a salary fitting Barcelona’s economic realities, with bonus variables depending on results.

The same formula applies to Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie and Cesar Azpilicueta. Ajax defender Noussair Mazraoui will also be offered similar.

The Brazilian will join and have a key role if Ousmane Dembele leaves. What’s left is to reach a deal with Leeds.

They know he wants to go to Barcelona and has a year left on his deal with the English club, and has not renewed.

Raphinha will be trying to keep the club up as they are in grave danger of relegation. 

Deco will pressure Leeds directors to accept the new offer that Barcelona are preparing. hey rejected a 35m euro bid. Oscar Mingueza could be used in a deal too, with discussions taking place in a cordial climate.

Optimism reins at Barcelona, who are convinced the player could sign in the coming weeks for a decently low price. 

Raphinha and Deco will be key to that and ensuring Leeds do not organise an auction to sell their star man.