Raphinha 'knows he will be a Barcelona player' in the coming hours

Word stemming from the media on Sunday points towards an imminent conclusion approaching in the saga surrounding the future of Leeds United star Raphinha.

The name of wide-man Raphinha has, of course, taken its place front and centre in the football headlines for several weeks now.

This comes with the Brazilian international attracting the interest of not only the heavyweights of the Premier League, but European football as a whole.

Initially, it was Spanish powerhouse Barcelona who were viewed as the odds-on favourites to strike a deal for the gifted attacker, with boss Xavi Hernandez desperate for reinforcements on the right flank ahead of the new campaign.

Since, though, both Arsenal and, most recently, Chelsea, had positioned themselves at the front of the queue in the race for Raphinha's signature.

But, if the latest word stemming from Spain is anything to go by, then a fresh, and potentially decisive twist in the saga appears imminent.

As per a report from Joaquim Piera of Diario Sport, Barcelona are on the verge of closing an agreement for Leeds' star man.

Raphinha himself is described as 'exultant', in the knowledge that 'he will be a Barcelona player in a matter of hours'.

The persistence of both the Brazilian and agent Deco proved key, with Raphinha having made clear throughout the summer to date that his sights were set firmly on a Camp Nou switch.

In fact, the 25-year-old is understood to have agreed to a dramatically reduced wage package, compared to that put on the table by the giants of the Premier League.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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