Leeds United forward Raphinha is set to join Barcelona

The transfer for the 25-year-old Brazilian playmaker is said to be around 58 million euros (£49 million).

According to both clubs, a “principal agreement” had been struck, subject to the player passing a medical.

Raphinha appeared in 65 Premier League games throughout two seasons at Elland Road, contributing 12 assists and 17 goals.

Jesse Marsch, the head coach of Leeds, had already announced the player’s departure.

Marsch remarked during the team’s tour in Australia, “I’m optimistic for him to get this contract done because I know it’s his goal to play for Barcelona.”

Before Barcelona showed interest in the youngster, Chelsea seemed to be the player’s destination.

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The former Rennes player is said to have had interest from Premier League teams Arsenal and Spurs, but the Catalan club has always been his first choice.

According to Marsch, the money from the sale of midfielder Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City and the purchase of Raphinha “allows us to take the club on the next stages we need to go in the future.”

According to reports, Raphina’s transfer cost to the Nou Camp might potentially total 65 million euros (£54.7 million) with add-ons.

Raphinha has two years remaining on his Elland Road deal after joining Leeds for £17 million in 2020 from French club Rennes. Based on the revenue Leeds generates, it is thought that the French club is entitled to a sell-on charge.

In the hopes that Raphinha’s future would be determined quickly, Marsch left Raphinha out of the Whites’ traveling group for a three-game trip to Australia.

However, the winger joined the rest of the team for training at the club’s Thorp Arch facility.