Blow to Chelsea and Liverpool As Leeds United Star Rafinha Agrees Personal Terms With Top Spanish Club
- Rafinha could be playing at Spanish club Barcelona when his current contract with Leeds United lapses in 2024
- The 25-year-old Brazilian has been impressive this season, and several top clubs in Europe are desperate for his signature
- English clubs Chelsea and Liverpool have also indicated interest in the player, but it seems he wants to join Xavi’s side
Brazilian forward Rafinha has reportedly agreed to join Spanish club Barcelona despite being chased by English Premier League clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool.
The 25-year-old has been in blistering form so far this season and he is expected to dump the relegation battlers, Leeds United, when his contract ends.
It was gathered that Leeds are doing everything to keep their most-prized asset and would even make an attempt to double his wages.
Rafinha seems uninterested as he has reportedly opened talks with Barcelona according to Catalan outlet Sport.
The platform reports as per SunSport that Rafinha has agreed to financial terms on a five-year contract at the Nou Camp, with Barcelona offering an opening bid of £29million to Leeds.
But Leeds will not let him go without the Spanish club triggering the £70m release clause fee that is included in the South American’s deal.
It will be a big blow to the interest of Premier League clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool, as they have also been chasing the player.
AC Milan, Liverpool on the chase of Ismaila Sarr
Meanwhile, AFCON winner Ismaïla Sarr is a subject of interest for European heavyweights AC Milan and Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Watford attacking midfielder is seen as a replacement for Frank Kessie who will be leaving AC Milan in the summer while Klopp sees the Senegalese as part of his future plans.
Italian journalist Daniele Longo reports tha AC Milan have a keen interest in 24-year-old with Frank Kessie set to leave in the summer.
Ismaïla Sarr has been an integral member of Watford this season, playing 16 English Premier League games and scoring five as the Hornets strive for survival.
Xavi says Barcelona doors still open to Messi
Sports Brief earlier reported that Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said on Saturday "the doors are open" to Lionel Messi.
Xavi was speaking in a press conference ahead of the Clasico on Sunday, when Barca face La Liga leaders Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Messi has endured a disappointing season at Paris Saint-Germain although Barca's dire financial situation would make re-signing the Argentinian difficult.