After Leeds maintained their composure during the transfer negotiations, Raphinha eventually agreed to a £65 million transfer to Barcelona.
The attention now shifts to Frenkie de Jong and Manchester United’s pursuit of the Dutchman.
Raphinha ultimately signed a £65 million contract with Barcelona after Leeds maintained composure throughout the arduous transfer negotiations.
Chelsea were also vying for the winger, but Barcelona and Leeds have reached a verbal agreement, and the transfer is expected to be revealed within the next few days.
The addition of Raphinha is a step in the direction of the squad revamp Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is pursuing.
Over the weekend, after Leeds made it clear they would not be selling their Brazil star for a low price, Barcelona eventually agreed to fulfill their demand.
Leeds warned Barcelona that they would have to match Chelsea’s bid of £60 million upfront plus $5 million in add-ons, which has been sitting on their boardroom table for the past two weeks.
Barcelona thought they could sign the winger for just £25 million, the amount of his release clause if Leeds were demoted.
On the last day, though, Leeds pulled through, and the Whites resolutely refused to lower their £60 million asking price.
Raphinha has consistently 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 negotiations 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.
As a result, Barcelona is now under pressure to figure out how to pay for the Raphinha acquisition.
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 owed considerably more, to relieve the strain on their already-strained finances.
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, so 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 plans as he attempts to rebuild the Reds and turn them into a power in the Premier League and Europe.
In order to raise money, PSG Barcelona also gave off a portion of their future La Liga TV rights for £230 million.
Leeds can be happy with the Raphinha transaction because 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 have earned £110 million to pay for their own redevelopment project at Elland Road.
Which is a tremendous feather in the cap for director of football Victor Orta.