Fabrizio Romano: Leeds United agree fee with Chelsea for Raphinha, 'it's done'
Leeds United have accepted Chelsea’s “official” bid worth up to £65million for Brazil star Raphinha, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Writing via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night (28 June), the Guardian journalist reported that Leeds have reached a “full agreement” with Chelsea after accepting a bid worth between £60million and ££65million, including add-ons.
It is understood that talks are now underway over personal terms with Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly playing a role in the move for the 25-year-old Leeds winger.
Raphinha’s all but gone.
If Leeds are accepting a bid for him from Chelsea, then it’s surely set in stone that Raphinha will not be a Leeds United player by the time the next Premier League season starts.
Of course, other clubs can come in and hijack Chelsea’s move for the former Rennes winger.
But when all is said and done, he won’t be seen in a Leeds shirt again.
It’s a massive shame but this is the price of success for a team that isn’t blessed with all the wealth in the world.
Leeds did incredibly well to sign Raphinha from Rennes just under two years ago.
He’s been coached incredibly well, managed incredibly well and played incredibly well.
A lot of credit needs to go to him and he’s earned a move to a club that’ll be regularly playing in the Champions League, regularly competing for silverware and regularly starting him.
Raphinha’s earned this and we’re delighted for him.
Now, it’s over to Victor Orta to sign a replacement and we are excited by some of the names we’ve seen linked to Elland Road this summer.
It won’t be easy to fill the Raphinha void but Orta’s signed the Brazilian before so he can sign someone else to take his place.
In other Leeds United news, a Leeds player has been spotted undergoing a medical ahead of leaving Elland Road on a permanent deal.