By Sam Stone

2nd Jul, 2022 | 12:45pm

Ben Jacobs: Leeds United demand higher Raphinha fee if Barcelona pay instalments

Leeds United have demanded that Barcelona pay a higher guaranteed fee for Raphinha if the Catalans choose to pay in instalments, according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs.

90min reported on Friday 1 July, that Barcelona have agreed to meet Leeds’ £60million valuation of the 25-year-old winger.

However, Jacobs has suggested that there are still a number of issues that need addressing when structuring the deal.

The CBS journalist wrote on his personal Twitter account [2 July]: Leeds have still not accepted any Barcelona offer for Raphinha but advanced talks continue.

“Barca feel progress made and want to pay any fee in instalments. Leeds want a higher guaranteed fee because of this.

“Barcelona’s offer is still currently below Chelsea’s £60million.”

This saga needs to end

The Raphinha transfer saga needs to come to its conclusion in the near future, with Leeds needing to reinvest any potential transfer fee back into Jesse Marsch’s squad.

Unfortunately for Leeds, Raphinha’s heart has always been set on the Spanish club and ultimately it’s where he will likely end up.

The Whites must make sure they secure the right deal for the Brazilian, with Barcelona likely to haggle as much as possible to meet their financial constraints.

Furthermore, Leeds need the fee to arrive imminently so that the Whites can continue their excellent early transfer business.

It is a surprise that the Whites are still even listening to Barcelona after their shambolic attempt to land the 25-year-old Brazilian so far this summer.

It’s almost getting to a point where Leeds should just accept a lower offer to ensure that the saga comes to a head in the near future.

Let’s all hope this latest Barcelona interest brings this saga to a close.

In other Leeds United news, a fellow youngster who looked to be on his way elsewhere this summer is set to stay and sign a new deal.