Barcelona Get Competition From England For Brazilian Winger, Close To Signing Spanish Defender

Written By Onyeka Daniel

The future of Leeds united winger, Raphinha is very much linked with if the club manage to stay up in the Premier League or go down to the lower division, with just one game left to play.

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Barcelona have never made it a secret that they want to sign the Brazilian and there are reports of an agreement reached with the player’s agent for a basic salary, pending when he becomes available for transfer.


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Raphinha is rumoured to have a relegation release clause in his contract, worth around €25m, a fee easily attainable for Barcelona but should they avoid relegation, it would take around €70 million to sign him.

English Premier League side, Chelsea are expected to have their ownership issue sorted out before the opening of the transfer window and they’ve already drawn up a number of targets that they would like to sign and Raphinha is one of the players that they’re currently looking at to beef up their squad.

The Blues are also watching and waiting to see where Leeds will end up at the end of the season but they may not have much problem signing him even if Leeds end up staying in the Premier League as they’re in a better position, financially than Barcelona but the player is said to prefer a move to the Camp Nou as he looks to take a huge step in his career.

Meanwhile…

Barcelona may have finally found their target for defensive option and it looks like it won’t be the usual suspects of Jules Kounde nọr Kalidou Koulibaly, but rather Athletic Bilbao defender, Inigo Martinez.

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The Athletic Club centre-back was spotted in Barcelona as he arrived at El Prat at three on Monday. He took off from Bilbao on flight VY1427 and brought a suitcase with him.

Martinez’s contract with Athletic runs until the summer of 2023 and it’s understood that he has a release clause included in it of €80m but he could become available for a fee far less than that should he demand for a transfer as the club risk losing him for free in one year time.

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(Mundo Deportivo and Diario Sport)

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