Brazilian winger Raphinha is formally a Barca player now. The Catalan club has agreed with Leeds United over the exchange expense for the Brazilian. Individual terms with the 25-year-old have been concurred with previous Barcelona midfielder Deco, Raphinha's representative, around five months prior.
As per Fabrizio Romano Barcelona will pay a €58m fixed charge for Raphinha which will be €67m including additional items.
Raphinha simply needed to join Barcelona. It has been a long esteemed dream for the player, and furthermore his loved ones, to play for the Catalan club. He will sign a 5-year contract until June 2027. Raphinha passed his clinical in Barcelona on Wednesday, thirteenth July.
Raphinha was on the radar of a few first class EPL outfits including Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea. He was a main concern for Chelsea and Leeds United concurred a bid around €60m from Chelsea. In any case, Raphinha didn't flag a go-ahead as he needed to just join the Blaugrana.
Raphinha discusses his joy and fantasy about getting into a Barcelona shirt.
“For me it’s a dream, not just mine but my family and friends,” said Raphinha. “Whoever saw me play, knows that to get here is a dream that I’ve had since I was young. Now what I have to do is give my best and help Barça to return to being the Barça they always were.”
Moreover, Raphinha confirms that he is “always fighting to win games, in training and be the best every day.”
He wanted to follow the footsteps of the great Barca legends Ronaldinho and Neymar, and here he is.
“I saw Ronaldinho and Neymar play here. I am one more Brazilian who is arriving at Barça and I hope to achieve what they achieved there.”