Raphinha transfer news: Barcelona lead Chelsea, Leeds chief says situation could be resolved in ‘next couple of days’

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BARCELONA are odds-on favourites to sign Leeds winger Raphinha.

That’s according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who’ve priced the Spanish heavyweights at 4/6 to clinch the Brazilian’s signature.

Barcelona are favourites to sign Raphinha, according to Sky Bet

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Barcelona are favourites to sign Raphinha, according to Sky BetCredit: GETTY

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Xavi’s side were previously trailing Chelsea in the betting markets.

But they believe the Nou Camp is Raphinha’s preferred destination, and have just received a significant cash injection.

The Spanish club have been in financial difficulty.

But they’ve recently announced the sale of 10 per cent of their LaLiga TV rights for the next 25 years to a global investment firm.

That’s boosted their budget by £179million and a significant portion could be spent on Raphinha.

Transfer guru claims that Barcelona agreed personal terms with Raphinha over four months ago, and now have the funds to gazump Chelsea.

Chelsea looked certain to secure his services having agreed a £55m deal plus add-ons with Leeds.

Raphinha next club

Sky Bet odds

  • Barcelona – 4/6
  • Chelsea – 5/4
  • To stay at Leeds – 7/1
  • Arsenal – 16/1
  • Newcastle – 28/1
  • Liverpool – 33/1
  • Tottenham – 33/1
  • Bayern Munich – 40/1
  • Manchester United – 40/1
  • West Ham – 40/1

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But he’s now drifted out to 5/4 to arrive at Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes.

A stay at Leeds is available at 7/1, although that appears unlikely given manager Jesse Marsch is unsure whether Raphinha will travel on the club’s pre-season tour of Australia.

Leeds have also announced the arrival of Colombian international winger Luis Sinisterra from Feyenoord.

Asked about Raphinha’s situation, Marsch said: “My guess is, I don’t know. We just have to wait and see what happens in the next couple of days.

“There’s urgency from his end, I think, to come up with a solution. We have to in the next couple of days see how things stand and see how we go.

“Right now he’s our player. He showed up today and trained with everybody, he had such a good attitude.

“We had a very open and honest conversation about while he’s here he’s part of us, and then we’ll see what happens. It’s still a long way to go in the transfer window.”

Arsenal and Newcastle offered at 16/1 and 28/1 respectively.

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