Brazil winger Raphinha, poised to sign for Barcelona after the clubs agreed to deal in principle

Written by on July 14, 2022

Brazil winger Raphinha, who played a pivotal role in Leeds United retaining their place in the Premier League last season, is poised to sign for Barcelona after the clubs agreed to the deal in principle on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old will cost the Catalans a reported 55 million euros with a potential 15 million euros in add-ons and sign a five-year contract.

Raphinha spent two seasons at Elland Road, scoring 17 goals and providing 12 assists after they signed him from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes for 17 million pounds.

Raphinha, who had two years remaining on his contract became a fans’ favourite and earned himself a permanent place in their hearts when he scored a penalty in the 2-1 win over Brentford in their final match of last season to ensure they stayed up in the English top-flight.

Leeds manager Jesse Marsch, who replaced the sacked Marcelo Bielsa at the end of February paid tribute to Raphinha admiring the dedication he showed in the battle to keep them up.

Ameen J. Kantyok        

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