Barcelona have reportedly agreed a five-year deal for Leeds United winger Raphinha as his time at Elland Road seemingly nears its conclusion.
The Lowdown: Raphinha on the move?
There have been numerous reports focusing on the Brazilian in recent weeks, with a summer exit from Leeds appearing to be on the cards.
There is no denying that Barcelona have emerged as the strong favourites to snap up Raphinha at the end of the season as Xavi eyes up attacking reinforcements at Camp Nou.
Now, arguably the biggest update yet has emerged regarding the matter.
The Latest: Barcelona deal agreed
According to Spanish media outlet Sport, Raphinha has agreed terms with Barcelona over a five-year deal, despite competition from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
His salary and bonuses are thought to be decided already and he has ‘given his word’ to the Catalan giants that he will join them in the summer.
The Verdict: Matter of time
If true, this update comes as no great surprise, with Raphinha’s future increasingly looking like it belongs away from Leeds as the weeks and months have passed.
On the plus side, the Whites should earn a substantial fee for the Brazil international – Phil Hay has claimed that it will take considerably more than £30m for a deal to be done – allowing Jesse Marsch the opportunity to bring in top players of his choosing over the summer.
Will Phillips be a Leeds player next season?
No, I think he'll leave
The main thing now is that Raphinha knuckles down and produces big performances until May, helping Leeds to stay in the Premier League and ensuring that his legacy at Elland Road is very much a positive one.
In other news, Leeds have been linked with a loan move for one player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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