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

Barça sold a percentage of their future TV rights to US investment group Sixth Street earlier this summer and 90min has been told that the same group are again providing the funds in exchange for more of their media rights.

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.

Barcelona 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.

Both deals are already in place, as 90min revealed at the weekend, with only medicals needed to secure the moves. Leeds were informed on Tuesday that Barça’s finances were now in relative order and they were able to finalise the structure of the deal, which will include the Catalan club paying the transfer fee in three instalments.

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