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Barcelona beat Chelsea in Raphinha race after agreeing €75m deal

Barcelona appear to have finally won the race for Leeds United winger Raphinha with an improved offer.

Chelsea seemed to be the frontrunners to sign the Brazilian winger after having had an offer worth £60m accepted by Leeds.

However, the deal was put on hold as it became clear that Raphinha’s preference was moving to Camp Nou.

While their previous offer was deemed insufficient by Leeds, the Catalan giants have increased their bid to €75m, beating the Blues for Raphinha’s signature, reports Ben Jacobs of CBS Sport.

Reliable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano also claims that Raphinha is pushing for a move to Camp Nou after the Blaugarana’s latest improved offer to Leeds.

On the other hand, Ousmane Dembele is also set to end his long-running stand-off after agreeing to extend his contract with the Blaugrana on lowered terms. The French man is expected to sign a new two-year deal.

Doubts emerged that Barca could withdraw their pursuit in Raphinha after the change in the scenario of Dembele, but it looks now that both would be part of Xavi’s squad next season.

The Catalan giants are set to receive an influx of cash after getting the nod to activate two financial levers, which has made Raphinha’s transfer a possible one amid their economic crisis.

Barcelona will next turn their attention towards Robert Lewandowski, who continues to be their priority target.

Bayern Munich have disregarded multiple bids, but the Catalans are optimistic about a deal around €50m, while the Polish striker’s dream destination has always been Camp Nou. 

The Catalan giants are also closing in on the transfers of Chelsea duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso after holding positive talks with Blues’ new owner Todd Boehly.

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