Blow for Chelsea and Arsenal as Barcelona finally get Raphinha | Soccer

Blow for Chelsea and Arsenal as Barcelona finally secure Raphinha transfer

The Brazilian will fly to Spain on Wednesday to undergo a medical (Image: Getty)

Chelsea and Arsenal’s hopes of signing Raphinha reportedly appear to be over once and for all after Barcelona finally agreed a deal with Leeds United.

The Brazilian was at the center of one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer, with a host of Premier League clubs vying for his signature.

Chelsea were actually the first club to agree a fee with Leeds, which is believed to be initially worth £55million, while Arsenal also held detailed talks with the player’s camp.

However, Raphinha always wanted to move to the Camp Nou and is now closer than ever to realizing his dream after Barca finally made an acceptable offer.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Barca have now reached an agreement to sign Raphinha for €55m (£46.5m) plus another €10m (£8.5m) in surcharges.

That makes the deal worth a little less than what Chelsea were willing to offer but Leeds have caved in to the Brazilian’s desire to play for Barcelona.

Barca have been close to an agreement since last Friday but discussions have focused on the additions and the deal’s structure.

Blow for Chelsea and Arsenal as Barcelona finally secure Raphinha deal

Barcelona have always been Raphinha’s favorite next club (Image: Getty)

Leeds were initially skeptical about Barcelona’s payment plan – which includes a second financial ‘lever’ that will release more funds this week – but those fears have been allayed.

The Premier League side have already given Raphinha permission to fly to Catalonia and he will do so shortly.

He has already agreed a five-year deal with the Spanish giants, with personal terms a mere formality at this point.

Raphinha is set to undergo a medical on Wednesday morning and Barca hope he can join the rest of the squad when they fly to the United States for their pre-season tour.

The Athletic also report that Raphinha’s move is now at an advanced stage, although some “finishing touches” are still needed on the agreement – which will come in the next 24 hours.

Raphinha will be Barca’s most expensive signing of the summer and the club will also announce a new deal for Ousmane Dembele, who trained with the club on Tuesday, while Xavi is still hoping for a deal with Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.

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