Report: Club sees Leeds United exit a resounding success amid Manchester United ‘madness’ spending
Barcelona’s acquisition of Raphinha from Leeds United has been seen as a bargaining success amid Premier League wealth.
Leeds have seen major changes on their side since the recent summer window, losing two of their most important players for big money while replacing them with shrewd deals and adding crucial depth in the process.
Raphinha’s extended move to Barcelona was one of the biggest sagas of the summer as he finally made his dream move to Camp Nou.
Ultimately, Leeds agreed to sell the Brazilian for £55million after months of haggling by the Spanish side amid their financial nightmares of the past few years.
This accepted offer came despite Leeds having an offer on the table from Chelsea of potentially up to £65m ready to leave, but the player’s ambition to move to Barcelona proved too big of an obstacle.
Now Spanish outlet Sport have reviewed Barcelona’s decision to bring in Raphinha this season, instead of moving for then-Ajax star Antony, who moved to Manchester United for a staggering £85million. sterling:
“The diagnosis left no doubt, as was confirmed at the start of the season: Raphinha is a much more mature player, who has internalized a collective conception of the game – no doubt, a consequence of having been managed by ‘El Loco’ Bielsa in Leeds and Tite in Brazil – who does not hesitate to sacrifice himself in defensive work by covering the side.
So not only do Barcelona see Raphinha as the more complete player than Antony, but his valuation has also been a success for them, having also faced serious competition from the Premier League for his signature, also calling it ‘madness’. the Old Trafford Agreement:
“From a financial point of view, there is also no possible debate. ‘Operation Raphinha’ can be seen as Barcelona’s negotiation success, given the pressure the big guys have put on the Premier League.
“Barca will pay 58 million euros, which has nothing to do with United’s ‘madness’.”
Is Sinistera replacing Raphinha a good move?
Barcelona made a very shrewd deal, and it’s frustrating that Raphinha is one of their most important players and they managed to find him relatively cheap.
When you see Antony aiming for that price, it’s hard to see we got a good deal out of it.
That said, we still have a lot of money for him which we have redistributed very well on several signings this summer.
Luis Sinisterra started and it helped many fans to stop relying on the quality of the Brazilian.