Barcelona announced on Wednesday the signing of the Brazilian winger Raphael Dias Belloli ‘Raphinha’, After the agreement reached with the Leeds United F.C. English, and the transfer will be effective as soon as the player passes the medical check-up with the Blaugrana club.
principle according to the @LUFCes for the transfer of Raphinha
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“FC Barcelona and the Leeds United Football Club have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Raphael Dias Belloli, Raphinha, pending that the player passes the medical review, ”announced the Catalan club.
For the culé team, Raphinha is a winger who “makes a difference”. Born in December 1996 in Porto Alegre (Brazil)It’s about a extreme “very unbalanced” that makes one-on-one the “essence of their game”.
In a statement, Barcelona highlights the qualities of the Brazilian player:
Very talented with the ball at his feet, he looks to outdo his defender through dribbling. To do this, being a left-footed right winger, he always tries to face the rival goal to try to finish the play with a precise center towards a teammate or with a shot on goal.
In addition, they appreciate that it is set piece specialist. “His precision with his left leg makes him a very dangerous player both in free kicks from the front of the area and in crosses from the corner”, assured the Catalan entity.
Formed in the quarry of Avai, In 2016 he made the leap to European football signing for the Vitória Guimarares of the Portuguese Primeira Liga and two seasons later he signed for the Sporting Club of Portugal, who invested 6.5 million euros in his signing.
After going through the Stade de Reims French, who paid 21 million euros to Sporting, Raphinha landed at Leeds trained by Marcelo Bielsa. In the Premier League he played a total of 30 games in his first seasonhelping your team with 6 goals and 9 assists.
In his second year, despite the difficulties of Leeds to stay in the Premier League, he scored 11 goals and distributed 3 assists to help achieve permanence on the final day.
On an international level, was called up for the first time with the Brazilian senior team in August 2021 for the triple qualifying day for the Qatar World Cup 2022 against Chile, Argentina and Peru. His debut with Brazil was on October 7 against Venezuela participating in two of the three goals that served to win the match.
(With information from Europe Press)