According to the report, Raphinha doesn’t want to wait any longer for Barcelona to match Chelsea’s offer
However, Raphinha has set a deadline for Barcelona to match Chelsea’s bid as he wants to respect the club
Chelsea was Leeds’ preferred bidders given their relative financial security and was the first to match Raphinha’s £60m/€70.8m asking price
Leeds United had accepted Chelsea’s offers but the Blues Is yet to reach an agreement with Raphinha’s representative
Moreover, following Barcelona reaching personal terms with the Brazil agent Deco admits summer move
Raphinha and Deco have given Barcelona and Leeds 48 hours to hash out a deal
Otherwise, they will return to the Chelsea bid, with Arsenal having dropped out of the race to acquire the 25-year-old.
Leeds is not likely to stand in Raphinha’s way regardless of his next destination
Having already signed his replacement in Luis Sinisterra from Feyenoord
“We just have to wait and see what happens in the next couple of days,” said Leeds coach Jesse Marsch.
“I know he has hopes and dreams. I know he loves this team and this club and he loves being here
“We’ll see how things progress day by day.
“There’s urgency from his end, I think, to come up with a solution.
“We have to in the next couple of days see how things stand and see how we go.”
The demand for Raphinha is understandable.
The winger contributed 11 goals and three assists for Leeds last season despite the club only finishing four points above the Premier League’s relegation places.