Andrea Radrizzani, owner of Leeds United, has threatened to stir up global public opinion against Barcelona over his deal to sign Brazilian winger Rafinha this summer.
“We have received offers for Rafinha from Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea,” Andrea Radrizzani told British newspaper The Athletic.
He added: “We had already reached an agreement to move the player to Chelsea and at the time I was very embarrassed by the Chelsea owner to tell him to reverse our decision, it was an unethical move but I had no other options.”
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizani is threatening a “global lawsuit across all the media in the world” if Barcelona don’t pay for Rafinha by September 2. pic.twitter.com/D2w2zK2ciy
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He added: “Rafinha was open to the idea of continuing in the English Premier League and we reached the best possible deal with Chelsea, but all of a sudden Barcelona was in the picture and I don’t know where the money came from. money appeared in this way, we would have faced a global problem.
And of his confidence in the possibility of receiving the deal money from Barcelona, he said: “I will wait until September 2, and if I do not receive the money, global public opinion will be stirred up against them in all the media.”
And the owner of the English club concluded his statements: “Unfortunately, this influenced Rafinha’s decision to his agent Deku”, adding: “The power of business agents to make deals was a pity.”
Rafinha, 25, joined Barcelona this summer on a 5-year deal ending in summer 2027.