Leeds United forward Raphinha is close to a move to Barcelona, head coach Jesse Marsch has confirmed.
The deal for the 25-year-old Brazil playmaker is reportedly value an preliminary 58m euros (£49m).
“I’m eager for him to get this deal carried out as a result of I do know it is his dream to play for Barcelona,” Marsch mentioned in the course of the membership’s tour of Australia.
In two seasons at Elland Road he performed in 65 Premier League video games, scoring 17 targets and offering 12 assists.
The participant seemed set for a move to Arsenal earlier than Barcelona expressed curiosity in him.
Premier League sides Chelsea and Spurs have been additionally understood to have been eager on the previous Rennes participant however his most well-liked alternative has all the time been the Catalan membership.
Marsch mentioned the cash for Raphinha and from the sale of midfielder Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City “permits us to take the membership on the following steps we want to go sooner or later”.
It is known the payment for Raphina’s move to the Nou Camp might ultimately rise to 65m euros (£54.7m) with add-ons.
Raphinha moved to Leeds from French facet Rennes for £17m in 2020 and has two years left on his contract at Elland Road. The French membership are believed to be due a sell-on payment primarily based on the revenue Leeds make.
Marsch omitted Raphinha from the Whites’ travelling occasion for a three-game tour of Australia within the hope his future might be resolved swiftly.
The winger did nevertheless return to coaching on the membership’s Thorp Arch coaching floor with the rest of the squad.