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Barcelona wanted to wait for Raphinha registration to pay Leeds — even until January

Barcelona asked Leeds United whether they could wait until they had been able to register Raphinha to pay them — even if it took until the January window.

The Athletic understands during negotiations with Leeds over Raphinha, Barcelona’s anxiety about their registration situation became apparent.

At one point, they wanted Leeds to legally agree the player’s transfer in this window but potentially wait until the next one in January to actually process it and receive the cash for him if it turned out that Barcelona could not register him before deadline day at the start of next month.

Leeds were not prepared to play ball and also stipulated that much of the money had to be paid upfront.

They also inserted a penalty clause into the contract, committing Barcelona to forfeiting an additional €10million if they failed to meet a fixed payment date.

Barcelona have declined to comment on the matter.

The Camp Nou club are yet to register any of their summer signings, including Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie. Ousmane Dembele, who was technically a new signing as his contract expired when he penned a new one, is also unregistered.

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