Leeds star Raphinha 'agrees personal terms with Barcelona' in transfer blow to Chelsea and Liverpool
LEEDS UNITED star Raphinha has allegedly agreed personal terms with Barcelona ahead of a summer transfer.
The Brazilian forward, 25, has been in superb form this season.
And he is expected to leave the relegation battlers in the summer.
Leeds were desperate to hang on to their prized asset and offered him a new package that would have doubled his wages.
Raphinha snubbed that extension and has now allegedly been in negotiations with Barcelona.
And Sport, a Catalan newspaper, claims that he has agreed financial terms on a five-year contract at the Nou Camp.
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It also adds that the LaLiga side have tabled an opening bid of £29million to Leeds.
However, the Elland Road club are currently holding out for the £70m release clause fee that is included in the South American’s deal.
The news will come as a bitter blow to Premier League big boys Chelsea and Liverpool.
Both of them have been monitoring the attacker’s situation closely for months but now appear to have been beaten in the transfer chase.
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Barca also have the added advantage of Deco being Raphinha's agent.
The former Portugal star spent four years at the Nou Camp as a player and still works as a South America scout for the Spaniards.
Raphinha is under contract at Leeds until the end of the 2023-24 season.
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