Controversy as Raphinha’s agent is spotted at Barcelona

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Brazilian international Raphinha, is believed to be closing in on a move to Chelsea.

Confirmed reports have it that Chelsea have gate-crashed Arsenal’s bid to sign Raphinha from Leeds United after agreeing a £60million deal for the Brazilian.

Arsenal were believed to be leading the race for Raphinha and held talks with Leeds United on Tuesday.

However, the Gunners initial offer was rejected by Leeds, before Chelsea came into the race and upped their offer which was immediately accepted by Leeds.

However, the agent of the Brazilian was spotted at Barcelona’s office on Wednesday.

Raphinha had agreed personal terms with Barcelona in March and was keen on moving to the La Liga.

Barcelona is said to have a long-standing interest in Raphinha but have been unable to meet Leeds’ valuation of the player due to the club’s financial situation.

Raphinha’s agent is Deco who was a hero at Barcelona during his playing days.

The veteran midfielder was spotted at the Spanish side’s office, and may have been making one last push with Barcelona’s hierarchy on Wednesday.

Deco was spotted leaving Barcelona’s offices alongside the club’s director of football Mateu Alemany and Enric Masip, advisor to Barca president Joan Laporta.

It could also be that the former Barca midfielder was at the club for other reasons.

Talks are at an advanced stage, with Leeds having accepted Chelsea’s offer.

According to Fabrizio Romano, talks are ongoing between Chelsea and Raphinha, with a contract set to expire in 2027.