In an unexpected summer transfer window given its financial problems, FC Barcelona managed to buy Raphinha from Leeds. A player torn from the big English clubs, which surprised the world and disgusted the boss of Leeds. The latter already warns Barça in the event of default.
Lewandowski, Kounde, Raphinha. FC Barcelona achieved a superb transfer window by ostensibly strengthening. It’s even a real miracle when you know the debt problems affecting the Catalan giant. The latter keeps asking his players to lower their salaries and has been struggling to get into the nails of the Spanish salary cap for several months. England were notably shocked to see Raphinha leave the Kingdom. Top Premier League clubs, led by Chelsea, seemed able to sign him for more money than Barça.
The owner of Leeds calls Barca to account
An impression reinforced by the last outing of the owner of Leeds United, Raphinha’s club last season. Interviewed by the media The Athletic, Andrea Radrizzani was not very happy with the destination followed by his Brazilian player. While Chelsea had made a better offer and he had agreed to the Blues, the Leeds boss had to do an about-face because of Barca and Raphinha’s desire to join the Blaugrana.
🚨 Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani says Raphinha to Chelsea “done” & felt “ashamed” to go back on word to Boehly. Arsenal + Spurs also keen but “Barcelona influences” swung it
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Bitter about the method, he wonders especially about the financing of the Catalans and promises reprisals in the event of unpaid on the transfer of Raphinha. “ We had an agreement with Chelsea and I was ashamed of this change of position. It was a real lack of respect for me and the way of doing things was not correct. […] If Barca don’t pay Raphinha’s transfer money before September 2, it will be a big problem and there will be media repercussions, globally. “, he promised. Decidedly, very clever who can know the financial situation of FC Barcelona, king of bluffing in Europe during this summer transfer window.