Barcelona beat Chelsea to Rapinha’s deal

Barcelona has secured the service of their long-time admired player Raphina Dias from Leeds United, according to Fabrizio Romano. The 25-year-old has prioritized Barcelona over Chelsea, despite Leeds United wanting him to join Chelsea. The Brazilian is expected to travel to Spain for his medical and a deal of around €58m which will rise to €67m was said to have been agreed upon for his 5 years contract.

Raphina joined Leeds United from Rennes in 2020, he became notorious under the guidance of former manager Marcelo Bielsa. When Leeds struggled last season it was a red flag that most of the key players will not stay at the club until the next season.

Barcelona who has already unveiled Franck Kessie who joined the club as a free agent from Barcelona and Andreas Christensen who also joined as a free agent from Chelsea will now look forward to unveiling the Brazilian soon after medicals are completed.

Raphina recorded 65 appearances, 17 goals and 12 assists with Leeds United.

He made his debut with the Brazilian National team on October 8, 2021, where he scored 3 goals in his 8 caps.

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