In three payments, the Catalans have decided to match Chelsea’s 60 million euro offer. According to Barcelona journalist Gerard Romero, Newcastle United also made Raphinha a sizable offer, but he turned it down.
The arrangement was largely made possible by the player’s personal desire to play for Barcelona. It helped that Deco, a former Barcelona player, is now his agent.
In fact, it’s said he is a culé through and through, and his only dream is to play for Barcelona. Raphinna never agreed to a move to Chelsea and did not even want to listen to Newcastle’s offer, even if they paid more than Barcelona.
He will earn a staggering 6 million euros annually, according to the report. He is reportedly already searching for accommodation in Catalonia and the operation is considered highly advanced, but it is not a done deal and could still collapse.