Barcelona has finalized the acquisition of Raphinha after beating off Chelsea to capture the Brazil international from Leeds United.
Given Barcelona’s financial difficulties, the transfer comes as a surprise, but it has been a long time in the making, with Raphinha agreeing personal teams with the Blaugrana back in May.
Raphinha is the newest addition to Xavi’s squad as the Barcelona manager strives to return the club to the top of both local and European competitions.
How much did Raphinha cost?
Barcelona will pay Leeds an initial price of €59 million (£50 million/$59 million), with a further €6 million (£5 million/$6 million) possible in add-ons.
Due to Barca’s present financial situation, the money will be paid in installments.
The Liga heavyweights are presently gathering €600 million (£515 million/$630 million) to register Raphinha, other new arrivals Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen, and any other prospective incomings this summer.
Barca intends to acquire more funds by agreeing to non-football arrangements, such as selling 49.9% of the club’s Licensing and Merchandising division (BLM).
How long is Raphinha’s contract?
Raphinha has agreed to terms with Barcelona on a five-year deal that would keep him at the club until the summer of 2027.
RAPHINHA IS A CULER 💙❤️ pic.twitter.com/kc5JJYlqT3— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 15, 2022
From Barcelona’s standpoint, it is a long-term investment that they believe will put them back in contention for big trophies on numerous fronts.
Where will Raphinha play?
Raphinha had a lot of success cutting in from the right side at Leeds, but he is not certain to play the same position at Camp Nou.
Barcelona worked hard to persuade Ousmane Dembele to sign a new two-year contract with the club so that he could begin the season as the primary choice on the right.
That might put Raphinha in a struggle with Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres to start on the left, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang potentially a possibility if Barcelona is successful in their pursuit of Robert Lewandowski.
Regardless, Barcelona are well on their way to re-establishing themselves as one of the most feared and well-stocked offensive teams in European football.
Who else is Barcelona going to sign this summer?
Barcelona have already finalized the acquisitions of Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie, who came on free transfers after leaving Chelsea and Milan, respectively.
Raphinha’s arrival, though, is unlikely to be the last before the transfer window closes.
Robert Lewandowski is planning to leave Bayern Munich this summer and would appreciate the chance to test himself in La Liga at the age of 33, with Barcelona already proposing the Poland international.
However, for the most part, Barcelona is turning to the Premier League for prospective targets.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso of Chelsea are all on Xavi’s summer want list, as is Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, but they may be priced out of a deal for the Portugal international.
More central defensive additions have been considered, with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly said to be on Barcelona’s radar, though the latter is close to finalizing a transfer to Chelsea.