By George Overhill

2nd Jul, 2022 | 8:40pm

Leeds United patience concerns Barcelona as they drag out Raphinha saga

Barcelona have concern as to how long Leeds United will remain patient in the transfer saga around Raphinha, according to Sport.

Despite reports on Friday that the Whites had finally accepted a deal from the Camp Nou for the Brazilian, Fabrizio Romano has said there is so far no agreement aside from the £60million Chelsea option.

On the other hand, the Catalan side are apparently only willing to go as high as €55million [£47.4million] and while they are apparently “delighted” with the pressure that the player and his agent, Deco, are putting on United they don’t know how long it will last.

The Sport report says that the “concern is real” and they are aware that Leeds could “say enough is enough at any time” if they run out of patience with being pushed to facilitate a deal to La Liga.

After a sale of TV rights there is now a lot of money available at the Camp Nou but they are still yet to reach the Whites’ asking price or match the payment structure on offer from Stamford Bridge.

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If they are worried about how long United will put up with the situation the way it is they have the ability to overcome that problem by matching the Chelsea deal.

At least coming close to it would likely be enough for United to accept, so the 25-year-old winger gets the move he wants and won’t be on the opposing side in any games at Elland Road in the near future.

While the decision-makers at Elland Road are theoretically in charge of this situation they only have so many options now that things are starting to get awkward.

The arrival on the scene of Thomas Tuchel’s side has put the pressure on the situation, and the player has reportedly refused to negotiate with them.

Now that there is a viable alternative to the Barcelona move and the club have accepted the offer it appears to have obliged Raphinha and Deco to cause more of an issue.

The Whites can’t force him to go to Chelsea, and it is now increasingly unlikely that staying until January is an option as the relationship with the club and the fans is starting to sour.

With the multi-million pound rights sales set to change the landscape at Barca there is little justification for them to refuse to meet the asking price.

If they “doubt” a lower offer will be accepted as the latest report claims then they are only wasting everybody’s time, and if the patience at Elland Road does get worn out then ultimately won’t benefit any side.

In other Leeds United news, the club president of a European side has personally taken charge of negotiations to bring in a player from the Whites.