Chelsea lose to Barcelona to get Raphinha, what causes it


Barcelona have just signed Raphinha from English Premier League club Leeds United for the 2022/2023 season. The transfer value of the Brazilian right wing became one of Barcelona’s most expensive purchases from an English Premier League club. Here’s a list of the 5 most expensive Barcelona purchases from English Premier League clubs in history. (AP/Joan Monfort)

Chelsea might be the club that bites their fingers to see Raphinha join Barcelona in the 2022 summer transfer market. Moreover, the Blues had reportedly reached an agreement with Leeds United, Raphinha’s club before joining Barcelona.

The Raphinha transfer saga is unique. Barcelona have reached a verbal agreement since February 2022. However, they were late to move in the transfer market this summer due to financial problems.

This gap was then exploited by Chelsea . The Blues management hunted about two weeks ago and reportedly immediately reached an agreement on a price with Leeds United.

However, Raphinha has personally refused to join Chelsea and is still waiting for Barcelona’s move. Finally, Leeds United confirmed that Raphinha had become a Barcelona player on Friday (15/7/2022).

Chelsea Is Fucked
The Raphinha transfer saga was also noticed by Premier League analyst Frank McAvennie. According to him, Chelsea can not do much when it comes to competing with Barcelona.

Not that Chelsea lost top to Barcelona, ​​but the situation is not ideal. The London club had just cleared the club’s internal problems.

“Chelsea are a top team, but they haven’t reached that level yet, especially in the midst of the chaos that was going on at Stamford Bridge at that time,” he continued.

Who will turn down Barcelona?

Raphine. The 25-year-old Brazilian right winger, who Barcelona recently signed from Leeds United ahead of the 2022/2023 season, has become one of Barcelona’s most expensive purchases from an English Premier League club. He was redeemed by Barcelona with a transfer value of 58 million euros, equivalent to Rp. 877 billion. During his two seasons with Leeds United, he made a total of 67 appearances in all competitions with 17 goals and 12 assists. (AFP/Pau Barrena)

McAvennie admits that Raphinha has made a rational decision by choosing Barcelona over Chelsea . Not many players can refuse when Barcelona come calling.

“Who doesn’t want to play for Barcelona? It doesn’t make sense to turn them down. I understand why he wants to go there,” said McAvennie.

“He has extraordinary talent, but by coming to Barcelona he will realize that once he doesn’t do well in one game, he won’t play in the next.”

Leeds United refuses if Barcelona owes Leeds United midfielder Raphinha celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal against Fulham in the 2020/2021 Premier League match week 29 at Craven Cottage, London, Friday (19/3/2021). Leeds United won 2-1 over Fulham. (AP/Andy Rain/Pool)

The movement of Barcelona to recruit Raphinha did invite questions. The Catalan club are in fantastic debt, doubting their move in the transfer market.

This Barcelona situation also seems to be a concern for Leeds United. According to a report by The Athletic , Leeds rejected a debt repayment scheme and demanded most of the transfer fee be paid up front.

According to the report, Leeds demanded Barca pay 90-95% of the upfront payment. Should Barcelona fail to meet these payments by the specified date, they will be fined £8.5 million.

Leeds itself did not reveal the total transfer fee of Raphinha, but it is said to be in the total figure of 70 million euros.