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Barcelona complete €60m move for Premier League star

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The Catalans have broken the bank to sign one of their main targets of the summer transfer window.

Barcelona have confirmed they have signed Raphinha from Leeds United ahead of the next season.

A lengthy transfer race saw the Catalans beat competition from Arsenal and Chelsea, who pushed to keep Raphinha in the Premier League.

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

According to 90min, Barcelona will pay an initial fee of €60 million, with a further €6m in add-ons. Leeds United, however, have agreed to receive the fee in instalments due to Barca’s financial issues.

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Raphinha’s arrival comes after the transfers of Andreas Christensen and Frank Kessie to Camp Nou. The former Leeds star will join Ousmane Dembele in Barca’s attacking line after the Frenchman extended his contract on Thursday.

Barcelona will most likely remain active in the transfer market after the arrival of Raphinha. The Spanish giants are negotiating to finalize a deal for Robert Lewandowski, who wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer.

According to Spanish media, a move for Lewandowski would require Barcelona to sell Frenkie de Jong first. 

Manchester United have reportedly reached an agreement with Barca over the Dutchman’s transfer. But, De Jong himself is reportedly reluctant to move to Old Trafford.