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Raphinha explains Leeds-Barcelona move as LaLiga club react by urging four stars to find new clubs

For the first time since confirming his impending transfer, Raphinha has made it clear why he simply had to move to Barcelona this summer (Author: Gardener)

Leeds-BarcelonaRaphinha has spoken of his "dream come true" as he prepares to complete his long-awaited transfer from Leeds United to Barcelona on Thursday. The saga has dominated many headlines this summer after two years shedding light on the Premier League at Leeds. In fact, the £17m fee they paid Rennes for him in 2020 seems like one of the best deals the club has struck. However, agreeing a deal with Barcelona was far from easy. Weeks of negotiations threatened to derail, with first Arsenal and then, more importantly, Chelsea reaching an agreement with Leeds. But Raphinha's desire to only sign for Barcelona was evident very quickly - although this was only possible after his agent Deco stepped in with an ultimatum to the Blaugrana. Ultimately, it's no surprise to see Raphinha grant his wish. Barca will pay Leeds £49m initially, with add-ons the fee increases to £57m. And after the two clubs finally confirmed their agreement, Jesse Marsch was forced to explain why Leeds had to sanction his departure. Raphinha is set to sign a five-year deal worth around £101,000 a week at the Nou Camp. While the transfer saga has left a sour taste, the player is leaving Leeds United with everyone's best wishes. And with the transfer likely to become official on Thursday, Raphinha has spoken of his delight at the move and how when they called he just had to make a move. Speaking to BarcaTV, Raphinha said: "It's a dream come true for me, not only for me but also for my friends and family. They knew it was a dream of mine to come here. All I can do now is do my best and try to help Barca to be what it always was.” I like to win, every time I lose it's very difficult to accept . "So you can expect a player who is always fighting, always trying to win, even in training. I will fight to become a better player. I saw Ronaldinho come here and achieve so much, and then Neymar too. It's an honor for me as a Brazilian to come here. I hope to achieve the same goals that these two players achieved.” They are also said to owe the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Gerard Pique millions in wages. As such, the club has been active in both star swapping and signing this summer. Indeed, alongside Manchester United target De Jong, this report listed eight other stars who are up for sale. Now, according to the Daily Express, Barcelona have reacted to Raphinha's impending arrival by telling Four Stars they should leave urgently. Barcelona are hoping to claim around £40m from the quartet's sales. And it has been clarified that if they stick around, they won't feature in Xavi's squad next season. Meanwhile, reports in Germany have revealed the four bonus payments Leeds will have to meet when transferring Marc Roca. Article Raphinha explains move from Leeds to Barcelona as LaLiga club react by urging four stars to find new clubs first appeared on Teamtalk.com.

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Chelsea Announce Sterling Signing; Barcelona buy Raphinha and more

World champion Mesut Özil joins Turkish clubs Istanbul Basaksehir; Arturo Vidal has joined Flamengo from Inter Milan (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBarcelona announced on Wednesday they have reached an agreement to sign Leeds playmaker Raphinha and will also keep French striker Ousmane Dembélé at the club. The agreement to sign Brazil international Raphinha was still subject to the 25-year-old winger passing a medical. Leeds also confirmed they have reached an agreement in principle with Barcelona. Barcelona president Joan Laporta also said the club are keeping Dembélé, whose contract is expected to be extended until the end of 2024. Dembélé performed well last season after refusing to go on loan. Laporta didn't answer questions about whether Barcelona are still trying to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. Laporta recently said Barcelona made an offer for the striker. Financial details of the Raphinha transfer weren't immediately disclosed, but local media said Barcelona would pay almost 60 million euros ($60m) plus surcharges. England striker Raheem Sterling has joined Chelsea from Manchester City on a five-year deal, the two Premier League clubs announced on Wednesday. According to British media reports, the deal is valued at up to £50 million ($59.60 million). "I've obviously achieved a lot in my career so far but there is so much more to achieve and I'm really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt," Sterling told the club's website. Sterling will become Chelsea's first signing under new ownership, led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, who officially succeeded Russian Roman Abramovich at the end of May. The 27-year-old made 47 appearances in all competitions for City last season, scoring 17 goals and providing nine assists. Germany's 2014 world champion Mesut Özil has joined Istanbul Başakşehir on a free transfer after the 33-year-old midfielder resigned from his contract with Fenerbahce. Özil fell out with Fenerbahce management and has been left out of the first team since March. He joined the club from Arsenal in January 2021, where the player was out in the rain for over nine months after a long row with the club hierarchy. The gifted playmaker of Turkish origin had ended his international career after "racist" attacks after the defending champion lost the first round at the 2018 World Cup. He was met with severe criticism in Germany after posing for a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018. Chilean international Arturo Vidal joins Brazilian club Flamengo on a free transfer after two seasons at Inter Milan. Vidal was present in Flamengo's 2-0 home win against Atlético Mineiro on Wednesday that sent the Rio de Janeiro club to the quarter-finals of the Brazilian Cup. Uruguay international Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored both goals. Brazilian media said the 35-year-old midfielder's contract with Flamengo will last until December next year. Vidal began his professional career in 2005 with Chilean giants Colo Colo. He joined Juventus in 2011, joined Bayern Munich in 2015 and signed for Barcelona in 2018. He has won league titles in Italy (4), Germany (3) and Spain (1). Vidal won Copa America trophies with Chile in 2015-16 and played for the national team at World Cups in 2010-14.

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Bayern's move to Juves de Ligt hinges on Lewandowski's Barcelona saga

Bayern are expected to make a second offer for Matthijs de Ligt but have to sack Robert Lewandowski first. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

BayernTransfer Talk brings you the latest in rumours, rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done! Bayern Munich are expected to make a second offer for Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt but must first sack Robert Lewandowski, according to Calciomercato. The Serie A giants have made clear their demands of €90m between the initial fixed fee and any surcharges for the Netherlands international. Bayern had initially paid in €60m plus €10m in surcharges but this was turned down but are keen to land the 22-year-old so will switch back quickly. It is suspected that the Bundesliga champions' next proposal will come close to Juventus' original requirements. The report also states that De Ligt has made up his mind and wants to join Bayern and has agreed a multi-year deal with the club worth €10m per season. Regarding Lewandowski, Barcelona had an initial offer of €40m plus €5m which was rejected by Bayern, while Paris Saint-Germain have now come in and have shown their willingness to part with €50m.- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (US only). the €40m transfer for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, while still seeking an agreement with Manchester City's Nathan Ake. Sources have also added that Chelsea have started talks with PSG over a move from Presnel Kimpembe. Napoli are scrambling to sign free agent Paulo Dybala to soften the blow from the loss of Lorenzo Insigne, Calciomercato report. AS Roma also want Dybala to come in and see he is working well behind Tammy Abraham but are yet to make an offer while Internazionale have lowered their interest due to difficulties offloading Alexis Sanchez. - Sky Sports Italia have named the two players Napoli keen to replace the aforementioned Koulibaly, with Brighton & Hove Albion's Leo Skiri Ostigard already ready to join the Serie A side. It will be between Fenerbahce's Kim Min-Jae and Lazio's Francesco Acerbi, with Napoli only looking to sign one of the interested parties. West Ham United have made Sassuolo a €40m offer for Gianluca Scamacca, report La Gazzetta dello Sport, who add that that's €5m more than PSG have previously offered. The Serie A side are hoping for €45m and Scamacca is intrigued by PSG for the opportunity to play alongside some of the best footballers in the world, although he is also interested in the prospect of playing in the Premier League in London. - Lens correct - Full-back Jonathan Clauss wants to join Marseille this summer, L'Equipe report. Marseille had already turned down an offer of €5m plus €1m in surcharges for the France international but he wants the move to go ahead.

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Barcelona agree to sign Raphinha; Dembele stays

BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona announced on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to sign Leeds playmaker Raphinha and will also keep French striker Ousmane Dembélé at the club. The agreement to sign Brazil international Raphinha was still subject to the 25-year-old winger passing a medical. Leeds also confirmed they have reached an agreement in principle with Barcelona. (Author: Gardener)

RaphinhaFILE - Leeds United's Raphinha reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Leeds United and Liverpool at Elland Road in Leeds, England, Sunday, September 12, 2021. Barcelona have reached an agreement to let Leeds United winger Raphinha dem Spanish club, said on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Barcelona announced on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to sign Leeds playmaker Raphinha and will also sign French striker Ousmane Dembélé at the keep club. The agreement to sign Brazil international Raphinha was still subject to the 25-year-old winger passing a medical. Leeds also confirmed they have reached an agreement in principle with Barcelona. Barcelona president Joan Laporta also said the club are keeping Dembélé, whose contract is expected to be extended until the end of 2024. Dembélé performed well last season after refusing to go on loan. Financial details of the Raphinha transfer weren't immediately disclosed, but local media said Barcelona would pay almost 60 million euros ($60m) plus surcharges. Barcelona called Raphinha a player who is "excellent in one-on-ones, with defenders being an important part of his game". It called him a "difference maker". Raphinha made the move to Europe from Brazil early in his career, joining Portuguese club Vitória Guimarães before joining Sporting Lisbon in 2018 for €6.5million. He joined Rennes for €21m in 2019, then joined Leeds a year later and quickly became a key player in Marcelo Bielsa's squad. Barcelona said they sent Portuguese striker Francisco Trincão to Sporting Lisbon on a one-year loan deal. The deal includes an option for Sporting to keep the 22-year-old player. Trincão joined Barcelona from Braga in 2020 but has struggled to assert himself. He scored three goals and provided two assists in 42 games before being loaned to Wolverhampton last season.

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Raphinha makes 'dream' move to Barcelona in record-breaking Leeds United move

Arsenal were the first to make an offer, followed by Chelsea. But Raphinha really wanted to go to the Camp Nou. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBut Raphinha really wanted to go to the Camp Nou. See the original article to view embedded media. Raphinha was in Barcelona on Wednesday to complete his 'dream' transfer from Leeds United after the two clubs agreed on a deal. As reported by The Athletic, Barcelona will pay Leeds a £50m fee with a possible £5m in add-ons. Raphinha's departure from Elland Road comes just days after midfielder Kalvin Phillips joined Manchester City. Phillips became the most expensive export in Leeds history at a transfer fee of £45million but the sale of Raphinha will break that record. Leeds didn't want to lose Raphinha, who scored 17 goals and provided 12 assists in two Premier League seasons after arriving from Rennes in 2020. But Raphinha was keen to move to the Camp Nou. Raphinha would likely have cost Barcelona a lot less if Leeds had been relegated from the Premier League last season. Raphinha pictured in a Barcelona polo shirt after arriving from Leeds United on Instagram/@fcbarcelona. But he played a major role in her successful attempt at survival. Leeds manager Jesse Marsch told the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this week: "As much as it's really hard to lose Raphinha, I'll say this about him - if you think of a young man who's pretty much guaranteed to have been paid a reduced transfer fee 100 per cent to Barcelona if we were relegated and then you look at the performances and the commitment he's had to make sure the club stays on top." "I think it would be tough for everyone, you know , 23, 24 year old person with that kind of pressure and opportunity to play like he did. So I'm hopeful for him, as hard as it's going to be to see him go. I hope he will finalize this deal because I know his dream is to play for Barcelona."

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Raheem Sterling, Barcelona and playing the transfer system

In today's Fiver: A slick farewell video, Paul Merson's rage and Wayne Rooney strikes back (Author: Gardener)

Raheem SterlingIt's another hot one in Fiver Towers. The smart-casual dress code has been updated to allow for thong vests and knotted handkerchiefs, and The Fiver sips a summertime cocktail (Tin Top - two parts tin, one part tap water) to stay hydrated. A window has been opened for the first time since 2004 and nobody has seen The Man since he showed up on a cornetto five days ago. And yet football doesn't want to stop once again. To be clear, The Fiver has no problem with your actual football - whether Germany and Spain are playing exquisitely at Euro 2022, Manchester United over-exciting fans with a 4-0 win in a friendly and a ostentatious cup win, or Vikingur Reykjavik and Malmö serve up a Big Cup classic with 11 goals. It's the endless movement of the transfer window, as relentless as that reddish heat, that gets us sweating — pausing for a sip of crisp, refreshing, room-temperature Tin Top. We all know the cycle by now. The player makes noises about a "new challenge" or the manager raves about the "club legend" being unceremoniously booted through the door labeled "Do One". The talks take place in an elegant, air-conditioned office on a neutral lawn. Then: Fabrizio Romano sends a here-we-go tweet, announcing the agreement in principle, thumbs up from the player getting his medical treatment dripped into electrodes, DONE DEAL – then a short pause before the player sent his #lovedmytime message to the Posted to fans on social media. Raheem Sterling has gone rogue by posting a cleverly produced farewell video to Manchester City fans before his £50million move to Chelsea was even announced. Said fans might not be surprised to see Sterling not finish something right. Like Gabriel Jesus, the England winger was allowed to move to another 'Big Six' side, with Pep ready to send Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland alone to make things interesting. Barcelona are showing that a full-scale financial meltdown is no excuse to stop spending and have scraped together £49m in copper to sign Raphinha. "FC Barcelona and Leeds United Football Club have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Raphael Dias Belloli, better known as Raphinha," boomed an unnecessarily formal Barça statement. It's mid-July and almost £2billion has already been spent this summer, paying eight figures for several players even our hipster cousin has never heard of. Amidst the chaos, think of Darwin Nuñez, now being compared to Andy Carroll for a couple of missed shots in a friendly. To be fair, big Andy would have buried that. If the potless Barça have run out of preparations for Robert Lewandowski, they should call him. If you look at the Big Six, six of the biggest clubs in the world, none of them have gambling on their jersey. I don't know of any company that doesn't want to sponsor a Premier League club and I just think it's lazy, lazy work to just go out there and get gambling ads. Having it stuck on the front of their shirts is not good news" - Paul Merson, who has been candid about his battle with gambling, alcohol and drug addiction, is targeting the nine Premier League clubs who will offer sports betting sponsorship either on the front of their shirts or on the sleeve next season. It's a podcast. "Regarding the highest con [yesterday's Fiver], can I be one of 1,057 pedants to point out that you really should have morris-dance your way into the Eighter Towers with a St. George eightie?" - Tim Clarke . "After reading Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper's description of Neco Williams having 'an incredibly high ceiling' [Monday's Fiver], it spurred me to think about what other architectural features footballers might have. Raphinha is south facing, Cristiano Ronaldo is semi detached and Harry Maguire appears to be coming with his own built in fireplace” – David Lessiter. "Following Gareth Bale's arrival in LA, I'm a little concerned that he has taken the proximity of Hollywood too literally by appearing to be beaming spotlights out of his underpants" - Nigel Sanders. "I can't help but notice that the photo of Gareth Bale [Yesterday's Fiver] looks like he's 'sold' at the Golf Club AGM auction and not revealed as a professional footballer. 'One day we're polishing the trophies in the clubhouse with Gareth - I hear $50?'" - Rich Duff. Send your letters to [email protected] And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today's winner of our award letter of the day is...David Lessiter. Manchester United may have won the Bragging Rights World Cup or something against Liverpool, but in the more important Spending World Cup they still can't get that Frenkie de Jong deal across the line. Report to French Senate on Champions League final chaos concludes Liverpool fans have been wrongly blamed. It has since emerged that Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, the Portuguese politician hired by Uefa to investigate the troubles outside the Stade de France, previously hit back at suggestions over fan-unfriendly policies by Wayne Rooney's DC United manager Wayne Rooney to move to the US! "I really felt that was a bit disrespectful of this league," he scoffed. How many parkruns are in sight on football pitches in the UK? The Knowledge dives back into all the big questions. Down t'Mill: Robert Lewandowski to Chelsea? And if it's your thing... you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace.

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Bayern's move to Juves de Ligt hinges on Lewandowski's Barcelona saga

Bayern are expected to make a second offer for Matthijs de Ligt but have to sack Robert Lewandowski first. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

BayernTransfer Talk brings you the latest rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done! Bayern Munich will make a second offer for Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, according to Calciomercato, but must first sack Robert Lewandowski. The Serie A giants have made clear their demands of €90m between the initial fixed fee and any surcharges for the Netherlands international. Bayern had initially brought in €60m plus €10m in surcharges which was turned down but are keen to land the 22-year-old so it will be back soon. The report also states that De Ligt has made up his mind and wants to join Bayern and has agreed a multi-year deal with the club worth €10m per season. Regarding Lewandowski, Barcelona had rejected an initial offer of €40m plus €5m from Bayern, while Paris Saint-Germain have now stepped in and have shown their willingness to part with €50m. - Fabrizio Romano has reported that Levi Colwill will leave Chelsea permanently this summer. The development comes as sources have told ESPN that Chelsea are finalizing the €40m transfer for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly while also seeking an agreement with Manchester City's Nathan Ake. Sources have also added that Chelsea have started talks with PSG over a move for Presnel Kimpembe. - Napoli are scrambling to sign free agent Paulo Dybala to soften the blow from the loss of Lorenzo Insigne, Calciomercato report. AS Roma also want Dybala to come in and see he is working well behind Tammy Abraham but are yet to make an offer while Internazionale have lowered their interest due to difficulties selling Alexis Sanchez. - Sky Sports Italia have named the two players Napoli are considering to replace the aforementioned Koulibaly, with Brighton & Hove Albion's Leo Skiri Ostigard already ready to join the Serie A side. It will be between Fenerbahce's Kim Min-Jae and Lazio's Francesco Acerbi, with Napoli looking to sign just one of the prospects. - West Ham United have made Sassuolo a €40m offer for Gianluca Scamacca, report La Gazzetta dello Sport, who add that this is €5m more than PSG have previously offered. - Lens right-back Jonathan Clauss wants to join Marseille this summer, L'Equipe report. Marseille had already turned down an offer of €5m plus €1m in surcharges for the France international but he wants the move to go ahead.

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Bayern's move to Juves de Ligt hinges on Lewandowski's Barcelona saga

Bayern are expected to make a second offer for Matthijs de Ligt but have to sack Robert Lewandowski first. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

BayernTransfer Talk brings you the latest rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done! Bayern Munich will make a second offer for Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, according to Calciomercato, but must first sack Robert Lewandowski. The Serie A giants have made clear their demands of €90m between the initial fixed fee and any surcharges for the Netherlands international. Bayern had initially brought in €60m plus €10m in surcharges which was turned down but are keen to land the 22-year-old so it will be back soon. The report also states that De Ligt has made up his mind and wants to join Bayern and has agreed a multi-year deal with the club worth €10m per season. Regarding Lewandowski, Barcelona had rejected an initial offer of €40m plus €5m from Bayern, while Paris Saint-Germain have now stepped in and have shown their willingness to part with €50m. - Fabrizio Romano has reported that Levi Colwill will leave Chelsea permanently this summer. The development comes as sources have told ESPN that Chelsea are finalizing the €40m transfer for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly while also seeking an agreement with Manchester City's Nathan Ake. Sources have also added that Chelsea have started talks with PSG over a move for Presnel Kimpembe. - Napoli are scrambling to sign free agent Paulo Dybala to soften the blow from the loss of Lorenzo Insigne, Calciomercato report. AS Roma also want Dybala to come in and see he is working well behind Tammy Abraham but are yet to make an offer while Internazionale have lowered their interest due to difficulties selling Alexis Sanchez. - Sky Sports Italia have named the two players Napoli are considering to replace the aforementioned Koulibaly, with Brighton & Hove Albion's Leo Skiri Ostigard already ready to join the Serie A side. It will be between Fenerbahce's Kim Min-Jae and Lazio's Francesco Acerbi, with Napoli looking to sign just one of the prospects. - West Ham United have made Sassuolo a €40m offer for Gianluca Scamacca, report La Gazzetta dello Sport, who add that this is €5m more than PSG have previously offered. - Lens right-back Jonathan Clauss wants to join Marseille this summer, L'Equipe report. Marseille had already turned down an offer of €5m plus €1m in surcharges for the France international but he wants the move to go ahead.

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Barcelona agree with Leeds to sign Brazilian winger Raphinha

Barcelona have reached an agreement in principle to sign Brazilian winger Raphinha from Premier League side Leeds United, both clubs announced on Wednesday. (Author: Gardener)

BrazilianSoccer Football - Premier League - Brentford v Leeds United - Brentford Community Stadium, London, Britain - May 22, 2022 Leeds United's Raphinha celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Soccer Football - Premier League - Brentford v Leeds United - Brentford Community Stadium, London, Britain - May 22, 2022 Leeds United's Raphinha celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture list, club/league logos or "live" services. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture list, club/league logos or "live" services. Online use in the game is limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or individual club/league/player publications. No use in betting, games or individual club/league/player publications. July 13 (Reuters) - Barcelona have reached an agreement in principle to sign Brazilian winger Raphinha from Premier League side Leeds United, both clubs announced on Wednesday. "FC Barcelona and Leeds United Football Club have reached an agreement in principle to transfer Raphael Dias Belloli, Raphinha, until the player has passed his medical exam," Barcelona said in a statement. Chelsea and Arsenal both tried to make a late push to sign the player but the Brazil international opted for Barcelona, ​​who finished runners-up in LaLiga last season. Raphinha has scored 17 goals in 67 games in all competitions for Leeds after joining the Yorkshire club from Stade Rennais in 2020. Raphinha took first place as Brazil's right winger at this year's World Cup in Qatar. He has started seven of his national team's last nine games and has recorded three goals and two assists since he was first called up by coach Tite in October 2021. Striker Ousmane Dembele, whose contract with Barcelona expired last month, stepped down joined the team on Tuesday and is expected to sign a new deal with the Catalan giants. Dembele's possible contract extension would improve Barcelona's offensive options as the team are also looking to sign Polish striker Robert Lewandowski from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Barcelona later announced that they have reached an agreement with Portuguese club Sporting CP to loan winger Francisco Trincao until June 2023. The deal includes an option to buy the player after the loan period expires. Trincao joined Barcelona from SC Braga in 2020 where he made 42 appearances and scored three goals in all competitions for the Catalan club in the 2020-21 season. He then spent the following season on loan at Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Barcelona are at the center of the transfer backlog across Europe

Barcelona and their financial woes have meant major signings at several big clubs have had to be put on hold. This is what's going on (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaThe new owner, led by American Todd Boehly, was on the verge of completing his first major signing after reaching an agreement with Leeds United for Brazilian winger Raphinha. As reported by The Athletic, the price has been set at around £60million, with most of that being upfront. Chelsea were then allowed to take the next step and began planning medical treatment for the 25-year-old. Indirectly responsible for all this was a club in a very embroiled situation; a side threatened by long-term and short-term debt and in daily contact with investment companies to solve an impossible puzzle of their numbers. After Chelsea reached an agreement with Leeds, the Brazilian's agent - former Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco - flew to the Camp Nou to update the club. Barca agreed to press Raphinha at the last minute to secure his transfer. It was a dream move for the 25-year-old awaiting the club and increased the pressure on the potential deal. The Athletic reported on Monday that the two clubs are close to a deal and now it's finally imminent as Raphinha is expected to travel to Barcelona today. Still, Barcelona are still struggling to register new players. Not only are the club perfectly willing to spend money, however - they also dictate the pace of summer planning for several European giants. As unbelievable as it sounds, top clubs have to wait for Barcelona to solve their problems in order to move forward with their own transfers. After averaging 50 goals in all competitions over the past three seasons, the striker said his time at Bayern Munich may be over after his last Bundesliga title. Lewandowski reiterated this point weeks later on international duty. He has one year left on his contract with Bayern but is determined to join Barcelona this summer. His agent Pini Zahavi and Barcelona President Joan Laporta have been working on a deal for some time. Barcelona sources are impressed by the willingness and commitment of Lewandowski and his camp to push for a move. Despite being 33 years old, having an elite player committed to joining the club boosts morale at the Camp Nou. And again this creates collateral damage at another top European club. Bayern Munich is not only about to lose its biggest offensive threat; You must execute a plan to replace him as soon as possible. The German club are working on a strategy in case a deal for Lewandowski goes through. Bayern manager Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed negotiations for Juventus defender Matthijs De Ligt which would become a blockbuster deal and the money earned for Lewandowski would play a key role. So Juventus are also waiting to see what happens at the Camp Nou. Laporta confirmed last week that Bayern had an offer for Lewandowski. "We have made an offer that they will consider and we are waiting for the response," he said. According to reports from Germany, FC Bayern would ask around 50 to 55 million euros to seal the deal. Lewandowski reported back to training with the German champions on Tuesday. The team will travel to the United States later this week to kick off their pre-season tour. However, it is well documented that Barcelona's moves are not always dominated by their sporting decisions but by the club's financial state. Leeds headed to Australia for their pre-season tour, leaving Raphinha in the UK. First and foremost for Leeds, who are waiting for the deal to finally go through so they can use the money to find a new striker. "We're actively looking for a striker and I have a feeling if we get a striker that will feel pretty close to full strength and comfortable in the group," Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch said last week. 21-year-old Club Brugge forward Charles De Ketelaere has been reported as the main target. Chelsea just didn't know if they could sign Tuchel's desired winger but waited for news from Barcelona before turning their attention to other players. Even on Monday, they couldn't assume that the Raphinha transfer saga was over. The last club involved in the carousel is Arsenal, who were also keen on Raphinha. Their proposal didn't reach as advanced stages as Chelsea's but the Brazilian core of players Mikel Arteta has gathered at the club could have been a turning point for the winger. There are three other clubs whose agendas are affected by Barcelona - but because of other potential deals. It is understood they were two main names discussed at Boehly's meeting at Barcelona's Via Veneto restaurant alongside Laporta and club managers Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff. They would be cheaper than Raphinha as both Azpilicueta and Alonso enter the last year of their contracts. However, it is understood that Barcelona won't take the next step until they manage to ease the economic pressure. So what actually had to happen at the Camp Nou to trigger the domino effect of signings and potential offers? "We are well advanced in several operations and are waiting for our 'second lever' to be activated. Then we can make signings and please our manager," Laporta added last week. The "second lever" will be a further 15 per cent sale of their future TV rights, possibly to investment company Sixth Street, which could be worth around £300million. There is another potential problem Barcelona face. How likely are they to persuade certain squad members - Frenkie de Jong for example - to take a pay cut while the club make expensive signings? It is understood that this was one of the topics discussed last season when the club were in talks with Frenchman Ousmane Dembele about a new deal. As the club adjusted to their new economic reality, a £47m fee for Ferran Torres was agreed with Manchester City last January. The 25-year-old winger will sign a two-year contract extension and take a 40 per cent pay cut. It's just another factor in a seemingly endless list that influences every transfer activity at the Camp Nou. But the fact that Barcelona are still capable of postponing medical treatments at Chelsea, luring Bayern Munich's biggest star or enticing two Span international defenders to move Premier League to La Liga adds to that trust in the club.

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