Raphinha left out of the Leeds squad for their pre-season tour after asking to miss the trip to Australia… with the Brazil star ‘giving Barcelona 48 hours to agree a deal’ as the Spanish side ‘finally match £60m offer’ from Chelsea
- Barcelona have matched Chelsea’s offer for Leeds and Brazil winger Raphinha
- They may have to pay in installments due to financial struggles causing issues
- The player has given Barca and Leeds 48 hours to agree on a deal
- Chelsea have offered £60million and the 25-year-old could begin negotiations
Raphinha has been left out of the Leeds squad for their pre-season tour amid interest in the Brazilian winger from Barcelona and Chelsea.
Leeds have departed for their tour to Australia but Raphinha is not part of the 26-man travelling party.
Jesse Marsch’s side play Brisbane Roar, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace during their time down under.
Raphinha had asked to miss the tour as he looks to seal a move away from Elland Road, and it is clear his future lies away from the club.
Leeds’ Raphinha wants to join Barcelona but the clubs have struggled to agree on a deal
The future of the 25-year-old is close to being sorted after Barcelona reportedly matched Chelsea’s offer for the Brazilian.
Chelsea have agreed a deal in the region of £60million with Leeds, but the player has been holding out for a move to Spain.
According to GOAL, Raphinha and his agent, Deco, have given Barca 48 hours to agree a deal with Leeds with the Catalan side likely needing to pay in installments, or they will open negotiations with Chelsea.
It is suggested that talks have now accelerated between Leeds and Barcelona.
The 25-year-old has scored 17 goals in 67 games for Leeds since joining the club in 2020
Whilst Barcelona reportedly entered the summer with a debt of £508million, they bettered their situation by selling some television rights.
They are still experiencing problems, however, and cannot register new signings Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen until more money is raised.
The debt has resulted in Barca likely needing to pay Leeds in installments for Raphinha, with the initial fee lower than Chelsea’s offer.
Raphinha has agreed personal terms with Xavi’s side but Leeds are keen to do a deal with the London club.
Xavi’s Barcelona have been given 48 hours by the Brazilian to agree terms with Leeds
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea could be set to enter personal discussions with the Leeds man
On the situation, Leeds manager Jesse Marsch said: ‘There’s urgency from his end, I think, to come up with a solution. We have to in the next couple of days see how things stand and see how we go.
‘It hasn’t been an easy time for him this summer.
‘Things have come and gone and there have been a lot of little discussions. Right now he’s our player.’