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Leeds chasing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha in £14.2m deal

It looks like things are beginning to pick up pace on the transfer front at Leeds United.

Having done the business on the pitch by securing promotion to the Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are acting like a big team off it too, making some serious moves already.

The Whites have recently sealed high-profile deals for the likes of Rodrigo and Robin Koch, and now, Spanish publication SPORT claim that they are lining up a move for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.

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The report claims that Leeds are knocking on the door for the play-maker, although negotiations for a potential transfer is still in the early stages and that an agreement is a long way off at this stage.

It’s added that whilst the Whites have the means to match Barcelona’s asking price, they hope to bring that fee down, with Rafinha understanding that he will have to leave the Camp Nou in order to secure regular football.

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The Brazilian, who won the Champions League back in 2015, spent last season on loan at Celta Vigo, where he performed impressively, averaging 1.2 shots, 0.8 key passes and two dribbles per game in the league – the latter stat being more than what Leeds’ new signing Rodrigo managed (0.8).

Capable of playing out wide or through the middle, Rafinha would bring yet more top-level experience as Leeds look to ensure their return to the Premier League is a memorable one.

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