According to reports, Leeds United are in ‘advanced talks’ with Joe Gelhardt over a new contract after his strong performances last season.
The 20-year-old joined Leeds United in 2020 for around £1m from Wigan Athletic, who were struggling financially at the time.
The attacker made a name for himself in the Premier League last term as he made 20 appearances overall.
Gelhardt scored a vital late winner against Norwich City towards the end of the campaign. He also provided a key assist at Elland Road vs Brighton in their penultimate game.
His current contract does not expire until 2024 but Football Insider are reporting that he is in ‘advanced talks’ over an extension.
As part of this, Gelhardt is ‘set for a big pay rise’. Leeds have ‘huge hopes’ for the forward and they have been keen to ‘reward him for his rise’.
The deal for the winger is worth in excess of £55m. He is set to be unveiled on Friday afternoon.
Leeds stated in a statement: “Leeds United can confirm Raphinha has today completed a transfer to FC Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.
Leeds had announced earlier this week that they had agreed a deal “in principle” with Barcelona, effectively ending the interest of a number of clubs, reportedly including Chelsea and Arsenal.
Despite their well-documented cash-flow problems, Barcelona indicated their ability to finance a deal for the 25-year-old which could rise to a reported £54.7m including add-ons.
Raphinha joined Leeds from Rennes on deadline day in October 2020 for a reported fee of £17m and went to make 67 appearances for the club, scoring 17 goals.
Leeds added in the statement: “We would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to Raphinha for his effort and contribution whilst at the football club.
“He showed unquestionable commitment and professionalism until the very end of his time at Elland Road and his celebrations at the Brentford Community Stadium will live long in the memory.
“Everyone at Leeds United would like to wish Raphinha the very best for the future and hope he enjoys great success at the Nou Camp and throughout his career.”