Barcelona are close to finalising a deal for Leeds winger Raphinha.

Leeds manager Jesse Marsch is due to speak to the media later on Wednesday morning in Australia and is likely to provide a further update.

Raphinha did not travel with the rest of the squad on the tour Down Under. Chelsea were previously believed to be the front-runners for the Brazilian international, but Barcelona appear to have moved ahead of them with an 11th-hour bid.

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The initial fee is €58m (£49m), but could rise to more than 65 (£55m) with add-ons.

It would represent good business for Leeds following his 17 goals in the Premier League over two seasons.

It’s a move that suits him and Leeds were aware this could happen this summer. The club have planned for Raphinha’s departure.

So far this summer Leeds have signed Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, Darko Gyabi, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca and Luis Sinisterra from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

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How Raphinha became one of the Premier League’s most coveted players

Sky Sports football journalist Nick Wright:

“The stunning strike against West Brom, lifted into the top corner from outside the box. The first-time rocket against Everton which took the roof off Elland Road. The penalty, won and converted under pressure, which helped secure survival against Brentford.

“Raphinha gave Leeds supporters plenty of moments to savour. His 65 Premier League appearances brought a total of 17 goals, many of them spectacular, and a lot more besides. The bewitching skill, the feints and nutmegs, will live just as long in the memory.

“The 25-year-old was not widely known to English audiences when he arrived from Rennes in 2020 but he certainly is now, his explosive performances for Leeds, and subsequently Brazil, marking him out as one of the Premier League’s most coveted players.”

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We expect Leeds to move quickly and bring new players to the club: another midfielder, a winger and a striker to play alongside Patrick Bamford as Jesse Marsch likes to play two up front.

Leeds paid £16m for Raphinha and will look to do the same by buying players early and developing them. That’s the strategy. They won’t spend £60m to £70m on a player. They have identified targets, they know who they want and they will move quickly to bring them in.

If Leeds can get three more in then they can argue it’s been a good window – even though they have lost two massive players.

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