Leeds United issue ultimatum to Barcelona as Chelsea wait on Raphinha


    Raphinha is holding out for move to Barcelona this summer
    Raphinha is holding out for move to Barcelona this summer (AMA/Getty)

    Leeds United have told Barcelona to submit their latest offer for Raphinha by Thursday as Chelsea continue to wait on the winger.

    Chelsea have already agreed a £55 million fee with Leeds but the Brazil international has held out for Barcelona to make their move.

    Raphinha’s agent, Deco, met with Barcelona’s hierarchy on multiple occasions last week but the Spanish club have yet to reach an agreement with Leeds.

    It’s understood that Raphinha’s preference is to join Barcelona but the La Liga club are not willing to match Chelsea’s bid.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Leeds have now asked Barcelona to provide them with an updated proposal by Thursday as they are keen for the winger’s future to be decided.

    Raphinha has already agreed personal terms but Barcelona have been unable to follow up with an offer due to their financial restrictions.

    Chelsea's £55m offer for Raphinha by Leeds United
    Chelsea’s £55m offer for Raphinha by Leeds United (Getty)

    Speaking at the weekend, Barca president Joan Laporta insisted that Raphinha is keen to make the move to Camp Nou.

    ‘We’ve spoken to Leeds, I don’t think they will be offended. We have communication and we have spoken personally,’ Laporta said.

    ‘What happens is that there are other clubs that want Raphinha and are making their proposals. He wants to come.’

    Leeds, meanwhile, have identified Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra as Raphinha’s replacement and have agreed a €30m (£25.6m) deal to sign the Colombia international.

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