Barcelona are ready to match Chelsea’s £60m offer for the signing of Raphinha, according to the Times.
It is reported that the Blaugrana’s financial position has been strengthened by the sale of a portion of their television rights, and they are now ready to move forward with their approach for the Brazil winger.
The Catalan club sold 10% of its television rights for the next 25 years on Thursday in a deal worth €207.5m.
And despite Chelsea being the first club to have an offer for the 25-year-old accepted by Leeds, it now looks as though the Camp Nou hierarchy have maneuvered their way into pole position, with Raphinha reportedly preferring to move to the Catalan capital.
Meanwhile, according to Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona proposal for Raphinha is official and written, already sent – Leeds have no intention to accept that bid, as things stand.
Leeds want to respect the agreement with Chelsea – still waiting for player and Deco to accept.
Manchester United and City have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race for Matthijs de Ligt, who is pushing to leave Juventus.
The Bianconeri director Maurizio Arrivabene has confirmed to Tuttosport that the Netherlands international is willing to leave Turin after a three-year spell at the Allianz Stadium.
Chelsea have opened talks with the Serie A giants, but according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester City and United are also interested.
Pep Guardiola and Erik ten Hag are long-time admirers of the 22-year-old, who worked with the Red Devils’ boss at Ajax before his €85.5m move to Juventus in 2019.
De Ligt scored eight goals in 117 appearances with the Bianconeri and has a €120m release clause included in his contract with the Serie A giants. Juventus want to sell him for a plain cash offer without including any player in a swap deal.
The only offer they’ve received so far is from Chelsea: €40m plus Timo Werner or Christian Pulisic.
Football Italia understands that Juventus could sit down with potential suitors for an offer in the region of €90-100m.
Juventus wanted to extend De Ligt’s contract, but the player has put negotiations on hold, asking to leave the Bianconeri in the summer.
Juventus were even open to lowering his release clause but will now listen to offers for the former Ajax captain.