After seeing Raphinha almost slip out of their hands, Barcelona have reportedly managed to claw their way back into the transfer race and beat Chelsea for the Leeds United ace’s signing.
Indeed, CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs, who has been providing critical information regarding the deal throughout the saga, has issued a fresh update on the situation.
As per the report, Barcelona and Leeds United have finally reached a full agreement over the transfer of Raphinha.
Previously, Gerard Romero had reported that an agreement was in place over a deal worth €50 million in fixed pay plus €10 million in add-ons.
However, Ben Jacobs disputes those claims, stating that the said proposal had been rejected by the Premier League club. He clarifies that the actual deal is worth around €75 million, the fee that Chelsea were willing to shell out to sign Leeds United.
The journalist also claims that Barça even made an offer of €60 million (fixed) which was shot down on Sunday, before they finally reached an agreement with Leeds United over a transfer. He further adds that the deal was not in place for a week, as has been reported in the past.
Nevertheless, the transfer saga is now seemingly coming to an end, with Barça ultimately prevailing after it looked like Chelsea had managed to pip them to the capture of the Brazilian international.
Personal terms have been agreed upon for four months. So, with the two clubs now striking an agreement over a transfer fee, the deal should be finalised imminently, possibly even within time for the Catalans’ pre-season tour to the United States of America.
Once signed, Raphinha will become the third major arrival for Barcelona this summer following Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen.