Leeds United ahead Raphinha is near a transfer to Barcelona, head coach Jesse Marsch has confirmed.
The deal for the 25-year-old Brazil playmaker is reportedly price an preliminary 58m euros (£49m).
“I’m eager for him to get this deal completed as a result of I do know it’s his dream to play for Barcelona,” Marsch stated in the course of the membership’s tour of Australia.
In two seasons at Elland Street he performed in 65 Premier League video games, scoring 17 objectives and offering 12 assists.
The participant seemed set for a transfer to Arsenal earlier than Barcelona expressed curiosity in him.
Premier League sides Chelsea and Spurs had been additionally understood to have been eager on the previous Rennes participant however his most popular selection has at all times been the Catalan membership.
Marsch stated the cash for Raphinha and from the sale of midfielder Kalvin Phillips to Manchester Metropolis “permits us to take the membership on the subsequent steps we have to go sooner or later”.
It’s understood the charge for Raphina’s transfer to the Nou Camp may finally rise to 65m euros (£54.7m) with add-ons.
Raphinha moved to Leeds from French aspect Rennes for £17m in 2020 and has two years left on his contract at Elland Street. The French membership are believed to be due a sell-on charge based mostly on the revenue Leeds make.