Leeds United transfer news: Leeds ‘want’ Arsenal star, Whites ‘prepared’ to pay £31.6m club record fee for attacker

Raphinha has finally completed his transfer from Leeds United to Barcelona in a record sale for the Whites, with a provision in place upon his departure.

Saturday, 16th July 2022, 7:33 am

The Brazilian international star has been in hot demand this summer and Leeds had an agreement in place with Chelsea to seal the winger’s signature.

Raphinha, though, had been holding out for his dream move to Barcelona and the Spanish giants were able to finally agree a deal with Leeds to sign the 25-year-old Selecao star.

The Brazilian is leaving the Whites for a fee in the region of £50m, with significant add-ons to boost the total to around £55m.

Leeds have put a provision in the deal that means Barcelona will have to pay a significant penalty if the agreed amount does not arrive within the agreed time frame.

Leeds signed Raphinha for £17m from Rennes in October 2020. Arsenal also wanted to sign the Brazil international this summer but Leeds rejected their bid.

Confirming Raphinha’s departure, a classy statement from Leeds United read: “We would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to Raphinha for his effort and contribution whilst at the football club.

“He showed unquestionable commitment and professionalism until the very end of his time at Elland Road and his celebrations at the Brentford Community Stadium will live long in the memory.

“Everyone at Leeds United would like to wish Raphinha the very best for the future and hope he enjoys great success at the Nou Camp and throughout his career.”

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