Barcelona and Leeds have confirmed that an agreement is in place for Raphinha to move to the Spanish club in a deal worth up to €65 million (£55m/$65m). The Brazil winger will now undergo a medical and sign his Barcelona contract, which will run through 2027, on Wednesday as he prepares to seal his move to La Liga.
Raphinha had also been courted by Chelsea and Arsenal, but ultimately chose to leave the Premier League after two years in England.
Leeds have confirmed an agreement with Barca for the sale of Raphinha in a statement on their website, which reads: “We can confirm that an agreement in principle has been reached with FC Barcelona for the transfer of Raphinha.
“The player will now undergo a medical in Spain.”
Barca have released a statement of their own ahead of Raphinha’s move being made official, with the winger’s unveiling in front of Camp Nou supporters then due to be arranged.
The negotiations to bring Raphinha to Barcelona had been underway since Sunday, with the winger having his heart set on Barcelona despite prior links to Chelsea.
The Blues had made an identical proposal to Barcelona’s, leaving the Brazilian with a choice of his next club.
In the end, he chose Barca, with agent and former member of both clubs Deco taking charge of the deal. Raphinha will now earn double what he made in salary during his time with Leeds, while Barca will pay an initial €59m (£50m/$59m) in installments, and a further €6m (£5m/$6m) in potential add-ons.