RAPHINHA is reportedly set to become a Barcelona player in the coming days.
The Leeds United ace has been in high demand this summer, with both Chelsea and Arsenal delighted.
The Blues agreed a deal worth around £55m with Leeds just for the Brazilian to dig in his heels and await a move to Barca.
According to the Mail, Barcelona have submitted a delayed, improved offer for Raphinha.
They claim that Barca have now agreed to pay £55m plus another £8m in surcharges.
The 25-year-old has two years left on his contract at Leeds, although Jesse Marsch’s side have long expected him to leave.
Raphinha was not included in the tour group for their tour of Australia, while Leeds signed Luis Sinisterra to replace him this week.
His agent, former Barca star Deco, is struggling to achieve his childhood dream of going to Catalonia.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, he will accept less money at Barca than he could have earned at Chelsea.
Barcelona are also set to seal a two-year contract extension with Ousmane Dembele, with the Frenchman also being linked with Chelsea.
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Despite missing out on Raphinha and Dembele, Chelsea will manage to bolster their attack by inking a £47.5million deal for Raheem Sterling.
The England winger underwent his blues medicine tonight and will sign for Thomas Tuchel’s side before flying to the United States to join them on their pre-season tour.
Sterling, 27, made 337 appearances for Manchester City, scoring 131 goals and winning four Premier League titles.
Chelsea are also in talks with City for defender Nathan Ake.
The Dutchman is reportedly open to a Stamford Bridge return but the Prem champion could ask for £45million.
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