In an effort to sign Raphinha, Chelsea moved quickly to settle on a £55 million transaction with Leeds on Tuesday.
In contrast, Barcelona has long been interested in Raphinha, but their financial condition and desire to sell players before authorizing such a large expenditure have prevented them from meeting Leeds' asking price.
A personal agreement between Raphinha and Barcelona was said to have been reached in March, and the Brazilian international chose to play in Spain's top division. There hasn't been any agreement yet between Leeds and Barcelona on a transfer fee.
When they were seen leaving their offices on Wednesday, it's likely that Deco and Mateu Alemany, the club's director of football, and Enric Masip, a counselor to Barca president Joan Laporta, were making one more push with the Barcelona management.
Leeds had rejected two offers from Arsenal prior to Chelsea's interest, however it is believed that Raphinha and Arsenal were engaged in extensive negotiations prior to Chelsea's move.
Todd Boehly, Chelsea's new co-owner, is interested in signing both Raheem Sterling and Raphinha to bolster Thomas Tuchel's team.
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