Brazil’s national team forward Rafinha arrived in Barcelona this Wednesday (13). The Catalan club’s new signing will have to undergo medical examinations and be presented with Dembele later this week, according to Kule president Joan Laporta.
The former Leeds player has already appeared with a Barcelona shirt and should sign a contract until 2027. Brazil must travel to the United States for a pre-season friendly with their new teammates.
In the first training sessions and games, Rafinha and Dembele will be closely watched by Coach Xavi. The Catalan captain will have to decide on the starting position for the right winger keeping in mind the start of the season.
Barcelona could pay Leeds up to €65m to sign the striker. Last season, the athlete scored 11 goals in the Premier League and distributed three assists in 35 games.
The English club also received a better offer from Chelsea – an agreement was reached between the parties. However, the Brazilian’s preference for playing for Barca prevailed.
Arsenal also showed interest. Leeds’ initial intention was to trade the athlete for £65 million (R$416 million). Rafinha also made an appearance for her pre-season debut in England, but did not travel to Australia with the team.