Barcelona wanted Leeds United to agree suspect Raphinha transfer agreement that led to £10m fixed penalty clause
Leeds United rejected a dodgy plan by Barcelona to sign Raphinha before the Brazilian eventually headed to the Nou Camp, according to The Athletic.
The news outlet reported on Wednesday (3 August) that an anxious Barca wanted Leeds to “legally agree the player’s transfer in this window, but potentially wait until the next one in January to actually process it and receive the cash for him if it turned out that Barcelona could not register him”.
It is understood that the Whites were unwilling to do that, insisting that as much money was paid up front for the Brazil winger, 25, as possible.
The Athletic claims that Leeds managed to insert a “penalty clause” in the deal that took Raphinha to Barcelona, meaning that the La Liga club would pay an additional £10million charge if they fail to meet a fixed payment date.
Why on earth would Leeds agree to that?
Barcelona are a financial mess and while there have been many articles about how they’ve been able to afford new signings despite their £1billion debt, it’s still a very confusing situation.
Barca have struggled to register new signings recently due to their financial peril and it seems that they were so worried about not being able to register Raphinha that they came up with this very dodgy way to agree a deal for the now-former Leeds man.
Leeds were never going to agree something so ridiculous and we have no idea why Raphinha would want to play for a club that clearly is struggling to get by.
Barcelona must be on the brink of an absolute financial meltdown, yet they’ve still managed to sign Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski this summer to bolster their squad substantially.
As for Leeds, they got what they wanted from Barca for Raphinha and a lot of that money has already been pumped back into the squad.
We would, however, like to see Victor Orta use more of it to sign a new striker, left-back and goalkeeper to really raise the quality of the squad that Jesse Marsch has at his disposal.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites could make a move to seal this blockbuster transfer before they kick off against Wolves on Saturday.