Barca set to complete Dembele, Raphinha deals

Barcelona are set to finalise the signings of Raphinha and Ousmane Dembele after triggering the ‘second lever’ of their refinancing plans, 90min understands.

The ‘second lever’, as it was christened by club president Joan Laporta, has now been triggered and will bring in nearly £280m in funds in the coming week.

 The first trench of money from Sixth Street allowed many of their debts to be settled and balanced their books, while the second windfall will enable them to go ahead with their major summer transfer plans.Laporta’s team wanted to finalise their new investment ahead of their pre-season tour of America which begins this weekend. And these finances will allow Xavi to include Dembele, who will re-sign on a new deal, and Raphinha on this tour.

Reports also emanating from Spain confirms that Raphinha, who remained in England when Leeds flew to Australia for their pre-season tour at the weekend, has now been given permission to travel to Catalonia.Barça hope that Dembele and Raphinha will be joined on the tour by Robert Lewandowski. They have been locked in talks with Bayern Munich for weeks over a deal for Polish superstar, who returned to Germany on Tuesday to report for pre-season training.

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