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BREAKING: Leeds United have rejected FC Barcelona’s improved offer for Raphinha



Leeds United thought that FC Barcelona’s offer for Raphinha was too low.
Leeds United have rejected an offer from FC Barcelona for Raphinha.
Leeds United have rejected an offer for their winger Raphinha from FC Barcelona.

With Ousmane Dembele becoming a free agent on Thursday, the Blaugrana are looking for replacements on the right flank.

The Brazil international has long been known as the Catalans’ top target in that area of the pitch, but they have not been forthcoming with a formal offer for him while waiting to see what Dembele does.

The Frenchman who signed for Barca for €105mn ($110mn) in 2017 has rejected contract renewal offers from his current club and has been linked with moves to the likes of Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea.

This week, the west Londoners also came out of nowhere and launched a shock bid for Raphinha believed to be north of £55mn ($67mn).

Some outlets say that the 25-year-old has even agreed personal terms with Chelsea, yet Sport and Mundo Deportivo have always been adamant that Barcelona is his number one choice.

Raphinha’s agent Deco has been in the Catalan capital to drill that message home to Barca director of football Mateu Alemany this week, MD say.

And in reacting to that development amid the announcement of a deal with investment firm Sixth Street that could be worth up to $280mn for 10% of the club’s La Liga television rights, Barca have apparently lodged a bid for Raphinha to Leeds United which the Yorkshiremen have rejected.

On Thursday afternoon, transfer market guru Fabrizio Romano said that FCB’s proposal for Raphinha is “official and written” and has already been sent to Leeds, who have no intention to accept the bid.

“Leeds want to respect the agreement with Chelsea – [and are] still waiting for [the] player and Deco to accept,” Romano added, noting that Barca are “trying until the end” to add the talented forward to Xavi Hernandez’s first team squad.

Though this might seem obvious, MD confirm that Barca’s bid is lower than Chelsea’s, and while Leeds would like to respect the player’s wishes to make his dream move a reality, they want to get as much money as possible for their 2020 acquisition from Rennes.

Put simply, Barca need to do better to stop Chelsea from hijacking their plans

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