Barcelona are on the verge of signing Raphinha this summer, as they are in the final stages of negotiations with Leeds United and the deal could soon be finalised.
A recent report from Diario SPORT has revealed some key information about Deco’s role in this transfer saga, suggesting the former Barcelona and Chelsea player had almost single-handedly saved the winger from going to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Deco, who is currently serving as the agent of Raphinha, was aware of the player’s desire to join Barcelona. The Brazilian himself wanted his client to move to Camp Nou and take the next step in his career.
However, last week, Deco warned Barcelona of their losing battle in the race to sign Raphinha. The Catalans had submitted an offer of around €40 million at the time, with Chelsea leading, thanks to a substantial bid of around €70 million.
Leeds were keen on sanctioning the Brazilian’s move to Stamford Bridge in an attempt to generate the sizable transfer fee.
But Deco took matters into his own hands by delaying Raphinha’s response to Chelsea’s contract offer, whilst informing Barça to come up with an improved bid.
After careful consideration, the Catalans eventually came up with a better deal worth around €55 million, along with several performance-related add-ons.
With the player seemingly keen on moving to Camp Nou, it left Leeds United with no choice but to go through with the negotiations with Barcelona. The report suggests the two parties are currently in advanced stages of negotiations and the Brazilian’s move to Catalunya could be imminent.
Raphinha’s potential arrival at Camp Nou could combine with the extension of Ousmane Dembele, who has reportedly agreed to take up a 40% salary cut.
Xavi will be hoping the offensive combination of Raphinha and Dembele can prove to be the solution to Barcelona’s problem of breaking teams down next season.