Raphinha completes £55m Barcelona move

Barcelona have completed the £55m signing of Leeds winger Raphinha.

The Catalans have completed the deal on an initial £49m fee, which could rise to £55m with add-ons.

Raphinha said: “It’s a dream come true since I was a kid, and of my family as well. I’m going to give my best.”

The deal represents good business for Leeds following his 17 goals in the Premier League over two seasons.

It’s a move that suits the player and Leeds have planned for Raphinha’s departure.

So far this summer Leeds have signed Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, Darko Gyabi, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca and Luis Sinisterra from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

Marsch is now assessing their defensive options but may look to strengthen in that position before the start of the new season.

Leeds are also in the market for a striker and are expected to push that plan forward once Raphinha has completed his move to Barcelona.

Defender Junior Firpo will be out for up to eight weeks after picking up a knock during the pre-season game against Blackpool.

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