The Catalans have agreed to match Chelsea’s 60 million euro bid and pay in three installments.
That’s all according to Barcelona journalist Gerard Romero, who says Newcastle United also made a big offer but Raphinha rejected it.
The player’s own desire to play for Barcelona has been key to the agreement. It didn’t hurt that his agent is Deco, a former Barcelona player.
In fact, it’s said he is a culé through and through, and his only dream is to play for Barcelona.
Raphinha never agreed to a move to Chelsea and did not even want to listen to Newcastle’s offer, even if they paid more than Barcelona. He will earn 6 million euro net, according to the report.
He is reportedly already house hunting in Catalonia and the operation is considered highly advanced, but it is not a done deal and could still collapse.