He said: “Told Barcelona’s offer for Raphinha matches Chelsea’s in total. The base fee is less but the total package now the same. Leeds and Barcelona have been in advanced talks for the past 24 hours. Nothing accepted yet but a fast resolution now expected due to Leeds pushing it.”
In a following tweet, Jacobs added this.
He said: “Told Raphinha won’t remain at Leeds beyond this window, and Leeds therefore don’t want a transfer to drag on. Barcelona (as they have throughout) feel they will reach an agreement, but with door remains opens for Chelsea if they don’t get this offer accepted.”
Leeds signed the Brazilian back in October 2020 from Rennes in a deal worth a reported fee of £17m.
Since then, the winger has gone on to make 67 appearances for the Whites, scoring 17 goals and delivering 12 assists along the way.
With his goalscoring record in mind and the fact that he is now being touted with a £60m move away from the club, this shows just what a great bit of business it was from Leeds to sign him in the first place, and how much of a significant profit they could make on him.
However, from a footballing perspective, potentially losing the 25-year-old would surely come as a gutting blow to Jesse Marsch.
Bearing in mind how the winger not only scored more goals (11) in the Premier League last season than any other Leeds player, but he also had more shots at goal (85), more shot-creating actions (119) and more successful dribbles (59) than any of his teammates.
With an overall WhoScored performance rating of 6.97/10 for his efforts last season – making him the highest-rated outfield player at the club – this shows just how pivotal he was in keeping Leeds in the top division.
Moving forward, with an exit now looking likely for Raphinha, the Leeds boss will have to hope that the other players in his squad, and the new recruits that have joined this summer, have what it takes to continue the club’s Premier League journey without the star winger.