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Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani reveals Raphinha's move to Chelsea was done

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani reveals Raphinha’s move to Chelsea was ‘done’ and he felt ’embarrassed to move back to Todd Boehly’ after Barcelona hijacked the deal

  • Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani reveals all about Raphinha’s move to Barcelona
  • The Italian admitted he was ’embarrassed’ after Chelsea missed the winger
  • Barca beat the Blues with the Brazilian’s signing in a £55million signing
  • Chelsea crossed paths with Barcelona several times this summer

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Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has lifted the lid on Barcelona’s transfer for Raphinha.

Chelsea were believed to be the frontrunners for the winger’s signature, but Barca ducked in on the 11th hour to complete the £55million signing of the Brazil international.

And Radrizzani has revealed that Raphinha’s move to Stamford Bridge was all but complete before the winger changed his mind to join Barca.

Barcelona completed Raphinha signing for £55million under Chelsea's nose

Barcelona completed Raphinha signing for £55million under Chelsea’s nose

Speaking to The Athletic, Radrizzani said: “We couldn’t deal with Barcelona because they weren’t able to negotiate.

“So we made a deal with Chelsea because the player wanted to leave and he was open to offers from Premier League clubs.

‘It was done for me’ [Raphinha to Chelsea]and when i have a deal, my word is my word.

“I was ashamed to go back to Todd Boehly and change my position.”

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has opened the Brazilian's move to Catalonia

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has opened the Brazilian's move to Catalonia

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has opened the Brazilian’s move to Catalonia

The Blues have crossed paths with the Catalan giants several times this summer. Defender Andreas Christensen made a free transfer to Barcelona earlier in the window after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired.

Barca also ducked under the noses of Thomas Tuchel’s side to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kunde after the Blues’ long drawn-out chase for the Frenchman.

And Chelsea was left with eggs on their faces after missing out on Raphinha’s capture from Leeds.

Radrizzani stated he was 'ashamed to go back' to Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (pictured)

Radrizzani stated he was 'ashamed to go back' to Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (pictured)

Radrizzani stated he was ‘ashamed to go back’ to Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (pictured)

The Whites have seen an influx of players move to Elland Road this summer as they try to avoid another relegation battle next summer.

Jesse Marsch’s team has replaced Raphinha with Colombian international Luis Sinisterra of Feyenoord from the Eridivisie. However, the winger is an injury doubt heading into the new season.

Leeds will host Wolves at Elland Road on Saturday as they begin their new campaign.


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