Barcelona signs Raphinha as he ultimately agreed to a deal with Barcelona for £65 million after Leeds maintained their composure during the transfer negotiations.
Now the spotlight is on Frenkie de Jong and Manchester United’s pursuit of the Dutchman.
After Leeds maintained their composure during the arduous transfer negotiations, Raphinha is eventually joining Barcelona for £65 million.
Leeds made it clear over the weekend that they would not be selling their Brazil star for a bargain, and Barcelona eventually agreed to match their demand.
Leeds warned Barcelona that they would have to match Chelsea’s bid, which has been sitting on their boardroom table for the past two weeks and includes £60 million up front and £5 million in add-ons.
Barcelona initially believed they could sign the winger for merely £25 million, the amount of his release clause in the event Leeds were demoted.
On the last day, though, Leeds pulled through, and the Whites have resolutely refused to lower their £60 million asking price.
Raphinha has repeatedly stated that Barcelona is his top preference, and at the beginning of the summer, he and his agent Deco agreed on personal terms.
With proposals from Arsenal and later Chelsea, Leeds were able to increase their leverage in discussions with the Catalan powerhouse.
Raphinha was never going to transfer to the Emirates, but Arsenal’s interest sparked a bidding battle, leading Chelsea to submit their £65 million offer.
Barcelona is now under pressure to work out how to pay for the purchase of Raphinha. Erik ten Hag is keen on getting back together with his former Ajax star, and selling Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United for an initial cost of £56 million will be their top aim.
Apart from De Jong’s unwillingness to leave the Nou Camp for United, the deal’s main stumbling block is the £17 million in outstanding salaries that Barca owes the Dutch midfielder.
Barcelona has renegotiated contracts with players like Gerard Pique, who is due considerably more, to relieve the strain on their already-strained finances,
and it is believed that they still have hope of reaching a deal with De Jong. De Jong is no longer wanted at the Nou Camp, therefore United and Ten Hag think they can convince him to transfer to Old Trafford.
Ten Hag will inform him that he will play a crucial role in United’s ambitions as he attempts to rebuild the Reds and turn them into a power in the Premier League and Europe.
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In order to raise money, Barcelona also sold a portion of their future La Liga TV rights for £230 million.
Leeds may be happy with the Raphinha transaction since they are selling him for £65 million, just 21 months after paying a cheap price of £17 million for him from Rennes.
With this accomplishment plus the original £45 million payment for Kalvin Phillips, Leeds has earned £110 million to pay for their own redevelopment project at Elland Road,
It is a fantastic point in Victor Orta’s favor as football director. With change left over to purchase a striker, they have already acquired Brenden Aaronson, Marc Roca, Rasmus Kristensen, Tyler Adams, Darko Gyabi, and Luis Sinisterra for a total of £91 million.
They are putting a lot of pressure on this deal and are willing to pay a club record £31.6 million for Belgium attacker Charles De Ketelaere of Bruges.
Ketelaere enjoys playing for AC Milan as well, and the 21-year-old would rather transfer to the San Siro where they can provide him Champions League opportunities. Milan, though, has so far refrained from matching Leeds’ bid, and Bruges is eager to buy from them.