Brazilian national soccer player Raphinha has signed a long-term contract with FC Barcelona. So far so interesting. The 25-year-old’s working paper is valid until June 30, 2027, but the exit clause is particularly noteworthy.
Because it is no less than one billion euros. The Catalans announced this themselves on Friday. The 25-year-old attacker joins FC Barcelona from Leeds United in the English Premier League.
“I’m very grateful. Many of my heroes have made history here,” said Raphinha at his presentation at the Camp Nou on Friday: “I want to follow in their footsteps.” The transfer fee is 55 million euros plus bonus payments.
Some are coming, others should go, but don’t want to: According to a report in a Spanish newspaper, Dutch international Frenkie de Jong wants to stay against the will of FC Barcelona. It was impossible for him to leave, de Jong said in the dressing room, wrote the Catalan newspaper Sport. Barça want to transfer the 25-year-old midfielder to generate income that will be spent on Robert Lewandowski’s move.
The top floor of the Catalan club is pushing for a departure, reported “Sport”. The club has already reached an agreement with Premier League club Manchester United for a transfer fee of 75 million euros plus bonus payments of up to another ten million. The change should take place this Saturday. De Jong has a contract with FC Barcelona until June 2026.
De Jong also wanted to prove to officials and fans that he could lead the team with national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen to success. So far, the player who switched from Ajax Amsterdam to Barcelona for around 75 million euros in summer 2019 has not been able to convince there. However, coach Xavi Hernández believes in de Jong and is still trying to convince the club bosses, wrote “Sport”.