Leeds United unhappy with Barcelona as Chelsea set Raphinha decision deadline
Leeds United are “fed up” as there has been no movement from Barcelona on the Raphinha front and pressure has mounted, Simon Phillips has reported.
The Whites have agreed a £60million deal for the Brazilian to go to Stamford Bridge, but both clubs are now left hanging as the player and his agent stall for a suitable offer from the Camp Nou.
United had set a Thursday deadline (7 July) for the Catalan giants to come back with a proper offer, but the majority of the day has already passed and nothing has arrived.
Phillips said: “I’m told Leeds are ‘fed up’ with Barcelona. There has still been no official offer from them for Raphinha. Chelsea are ‘still pushing’ to sign him, but they want an answer by the weekend.”
This is on the same day as the news from Joan Laporta that they have made an offer for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski [BBC Sport].
And Fabrizio Romano has also reported that the other two parties in this situation are due for a meeting tonight as Todd Boehly has arrived in Barcelona.
Chelsea can move on to other targets if they grow tired of waiting but Leeds are stuck between a rock and hard place.
They need the cash from this sale to cover their summer spending, but they don’t want to have to lose their star asset for below market value.
The stakes of obviously far higher for them because if the whole transfer saga ends up imploding they will be the ones left picking up the pieces, either in the form of a shortfall in their bank balance should the 25-year-old make a late, cut-price exit to La Liga, or if he is left at the club, unhappy and with his value diminishing.
Although they have their own direct deals to discuss regarding Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Frenkie De Jong, the stasis on the Raphinha move must surely be part of the conversation this evening.
Chelsea have some extra bargaining tools with multiple other deals on the table, so since the threat from United to simply refuse to sell is apparently going nowhere perhaps there will be some movement after these talks.
It is no wonder that the mood at Elland Road is bad, and it is also little surprise that they are ready to move on at Stamford Bridge.
This week was supposed to be key but so far nothing has changed, so unless the meeting in Catalonia tonight dislodges the entire log-jam United could be about to lose the only adequate bid for former Rennes player.
In other Leeds United news, the club have had a €30million rejected for a major summer signing.