By Mark Smith

1st Jul, 2022 | 8:00pm

Barcelona agree £60m fee to sign Leeds United star Raphinha, will be in 3 instalments

Barcelona have agreed to match the £60million asking price for Leeds United star Raphinha, according to 90min on Friday evening (01 July).

The online outlet has reported that the Brazilian star is now close to making his dream move with personal terms also agreed, as they have been for months now.

Spanish journalist Juan Luis Medina added that Barcelona will pay the fee over three years, meaning Leeds may only be set to receive £20million this year.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Medina shared the details regarding the deal.

“Barça and Leeds have an agreement in principle for Raphinha,” he wrote.

“Barça is going to pay around £60m for the player. The transfer will be paid in three instalments.

“Raphinha’s push will be definitive.”

Embarrassing.

If we only potentially bring in £20million this summer but lose Raphinha, some big questions need to be answered by Andrea Radrizzani, Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear.

They must have confidence that they can bring in three of their huge targets with investments of their own rather than the extra £40million that will be coming in over the following two years.

Charles De Ketelaere could cost that alone, so where is the money coming from?

Most of the £45million set to come in from selling Kalvin Phillips will go on his replacement, and then a new striker and someone to take over from Raphinha is then needed.

So, it looks as though Orta will have an immediate £62million to spend, and we hope that doesn’t scupper the chase for Cody Gakpo, De Ketelaere and another midfielder.

Hopefully, these three instalments aren’t equal and we can bring in a much bigger fee straight up, closer to possibly £40million – fingers crossed.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle