By George Overhill

6th Jul, 2022 | 12:40pm

Leeds United give Barcelona imminent deadline to make Raphinha bid with replacement signed

Leeds United have given Barcelona a deadline to make an offer for Raphinha this week, according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs.

The Whites have Chelsea waiting with a £60million deal agreed for the Brazilian winger, but the Londoners aren’t willing to keep hanging and could move on if the situation isn’t sorted this week.

The Camp Nou is the player’s preference but they haven’t yet matched the offer from Stamford Bridge, and despite an apparently relaxed attitude to progress at the Catalan club United want a new bid by Thursday (7 July).

Jacobs wrote on his personal Twitter account: “Barcelona no closer to a full agreement with Leeds for Raphinha.

“Joan Laporta says “no deadline” to complete the deal but Leeds have asked Barca to present latest offer by Thursday.

“Leeds have already brought in Luis Sinisterra to replace Raphinha and want his future resolved.”

The Feyenoord winger is due to arrive for €25million plus add-ons [Fabrizio Romano] but United are going to need the Raphinha sale money to complete their summer business.

Pressing

Laporta’s statement that there is no deadline is clearly something that he wants to be the case but really shouldn’t be.

He is aware that while he has the player’s ear via his agent Deco that he can afford to string the other relevant parties along.

The Whites can force Raphinha to stay at Elland Road for the new season if they don’t get a proper bid, but how much of a negative influence that could be on the squad with an unhappy star hanging around is hard to quantify.

They also need the outgoing transfer to happen if they are to go after their final targets of the transfer window, and with the 25-year-old’s replacement already incoming it leaves the squad uneven if this deal doesn’t get done soon.

Clearly the club are after more help up front, and while that doesn’t look to be Charles de Ketelaere any more, they don’t want to be left with extra wingers and no further strikers.

Chelsea are going to want to spend their £60million elsewhere and that cash would be very helpful at Elland Road if Barcelona aren’t going to come up with the same.

Everybody involved has to hope that pressure from London on Raphinha, and pressure from Leeds on the Catalan giants forces some sort of resolution sooner rather than later.

In other Leeds United news, the club are after another transfer from the top of the Bundesliga.