By George Overhill

4th Jul, 2022 | 6:40pm

Leeds United star Raphinha has no issue with Chelsea terms despite refusal reports

Leeds United star Raphinha has no problem with the terms offered by Chelsea despite his preference being Barcelona, according to Gianluigi Longari.

It is well known that the Brazilian has had his eyes on a move to the Camp Nou throughout his ongoing transfer saga, and an agreement has been in place with the Catalans on a contract for some time.

While a suitable transfer offer has not followed from La Liga the Stamford Bridge side swooped in and had a £60million deal accepted by the Whites.

It had been claimed last week (1 July) that the winger was refusing to negotiate with the Blues as he held out for his preferred move, with Sport reporting that he would “not enter into any type of salary negotiation” with the London side.

Around the same time reports emerged that United had finally caved and accepted a reduced offer from Barcelona [Gerard Romero], something which was denied via Fabrizio Romano on his YouTube channel.

Now, according to Tutto Mercato journalist Longari, the 25-year-old’s offer from Chelsea is fine if the Blaugrana don’t manage to get an offer accepted at Elland Road.

In the replies to his Monday Twitter post that this week would be “key” for Barca as they have “little time” to match Todd Boehly’s agreement, he confirmed the personal terms situation, writing: “Barcelona [agreed] since months. Chelsea offer on personal terms is the highest he received so is not an issue at all”.

Pendulum swings

The sooner this situation gets sorted the better for everyone, as the momentum switches from one side to the other repeatedly without an actual outcome.

It looked like the club were being backed into a corner by the player and his agent if they were effectively vetoing the move to Stamford Bridge, despite United wishing to honour that deal.

That would have left the Elland Road hierarchy with little choice but to bend to the will of Deco and Joan Laporta in allowing a reduced-fee exit or hold onto an unhappy player as his value diminished.

But if the Chelsea option is still on the table then there are still (some) options, with the downside of seeing the star man move within the same division offset by the financial compensation they will provide.

The fans are understandably growing sick of the matter and what to be able to move on.

Barcelona have had ample opportunity to provide the opportunity that Raphinha wants and after they freed themselves up in the market with their media rights sale they surely have to make the necessary bid now or miss out.

They have finally confirmed the signings of Franck Kessié and Andreas Christensen, two other players left in limbo by the debt problems at the Camp Nou, so the situation has clearly changed.

If they don’t make good on their commitments to the player now he must be ready to take the Chelsea money and move on, because the Whites’ patience can’t last forever and things could get even more awkward for everyone involved.

In other Leeds United news, an expected arrival at the club amid controversial negotiations may have been hijacked at the last minute.