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Raphinha: Details emerge of Barcelona payment structure to Leeds as new £172m investment clears path for four signings

Raphinha with Fred, Brazil during World Cup - South American Qualifiers - Ecuador v Brazil - Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado, Quito, Ecuador

Barcelona are increasingly confident they will win the race to sign Raphinha, with the player making clear his wish to play for them and the LaLiga giants structuring a new payment offer to Leeds.

The Brazilian star has lit up Elland Road since a bargain £17m switch from Rennes in October 2020. In that time, he has scored 17 goals and contributed another 12 assists – that’s a goal involvement every 2.3 games. As such, it’s easy to see why demand for nine-times capped winger is high this summer.

As such, Raphinha clear wish to leave Leeds and join Barcelona has been well documented this summer. With agent Deco pulling the strings, an agreement over his move has seemingly been in place for months. However, Barca’s financial issues – together with Leeds’ asking price – has meant reaching an agreement has not been easy.

Their hesitancy has seemingly opened the door for first Arsenal and then Chelsea to make their moves. The Gunners’ interest was quickly dismissed as they too chanced their arm over his asking price. That allowed the Blues to nip in strike an agreement with Leeds that met with their £65m asking price.

However, despite Todd Boehly’s best efforts to get a deal tied up, Raphinha and his agent Deco continued to push for Barcelona.

Now it seems their wish is about to come true. To that end, reports on Friday evening suggested Barcelona have risen from the ashes and look well placed to beat Chelsea to his signing.

To that end, Marca, Mundo Deportivo and Sport are all convinced that Raphinha will now sign for Barca.

Raphinha fee and salary broken down

They claim Leeds will receive a guaranteed £51.7m (€60m) for Raphinha, paid in three equal instalments with the first installment set for €20m. Two further payments will then be made, with a potential €10m bonus taking the final agreement to £60.3m.

That is lower than the fee Leeds United agreed with Chelsea. And for obvious reasons, that is a signing Leeds want to see go through, especially given Chelsea can pay more of the fee up front.

However, Deco and Raphinha appear confident they will get their way. As such, the Spanish media are convinced Leeds will now accept in order to draw a line under the saga.

Furthermore, they claim Raphinha will sign a annual salary of €6m (£5.2m) per year, which equates to £100,000 after tax. Again, that is some distance less than the £118,000 a week Chelsea were offering.

Leeds want to use the funds generated to pursue their own transfer objectives. To that end, their hopes for Charles De Ketelaere have changed amid a key update on the Belgian.

Barcelona ready to make four huge signings

The signing of Raphinha also looks set to kickstart a busy period for Barcelona.

As per Mundo Deportivo, the club are hoping to raise a further £344m by selling off another 15 per cent of their TV rights. Having already sold off 10 per cent, the next issue will see their bank balance swell significantly.

That deal will reportedly go through by July 17 – just in time for the club’s four-game tour of the United States.

As a result, the club has reportedly allocated a huge £172m injection for four signings. Once a deal for Raphinha is done, Barcelona also plan to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich.

The striker has a year left on his deal and will cost in the region of £34.2m.

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They are also chasing Chelsea target Jules Kounde, who will move to the club for a fee close to £55m.

And they also plan to sign one of Marcos Alonso or Cesar Azpilicueta from Chelsea, taking their total outlay through to a whopping €200m.

With those four players on board, Barca hope to become a force once again in both Spain and the Champions League.

Leeds, meanwhile, are increasingly hopeful of a deal for Tyler Adams amid claims RB Leipzig have lowered their demands.