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Chelsea Hijacks Raphinha Deal

by AFOLA JIMI
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Chelsea Hijacks Raphinha Deal

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Chelsea hijacks Leeds United Raphinha from Arsenal, Barcelona and other teams interested. Arsenal are keen on the Brazilian forward. The Gunners opening bid did not meet Leed’s United valuation. Leeds United rejected Arsenal’s bid for Raphinha who still has two years left on is contract. Raphinha moved to the Premier League in 2020 after Leeds shelled out £17m plus add-ons to sign him from Rennes following their promotion from the Championship.

Raphinha Transfer Reports

Transfer Journalist Fabrizio Romano reported that: Chelsea are now going into talks with the Brazilian side and agent Deco (yes, former Chelsea midfielder!) – on the personal terms. It’s key step before ‘here we go’, as Arsenal and Barça were in talks with Leeds also today morning. Deal fully agreed between clubs with Leeds.

Then he reported later that: Chelsea and Leeds have reached full agreement for Raphinha! Official bid accepted around £60/65m [add ons included]. Main part of amount paying immediately. It’s done between clubs. Talks now ongoing on player side on personal terms and contract. Boehly, on it.

Chelsea’s bid for Raphinha beats Arsenal’s. Arsenal had an opening bid not accepted, but expects to go back in with an improved offer. Barcelona also wants to sign Raphinha, whose agent is the former Barca player Deco. Raphinha has been Leeds United outstanding attacking player since joining two seasons ago, scoring 17 Premier League goals.

Other Chelsea Transfer News

Chelsea are also in for Raheem Sterling with Manchester City expecting to field a bid for the England international after Thomas Tuchel engaged Sterling over how he would fit in at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel is desperate to add a decisive edge in the final third to cure Chelsea’s goalscoring issues. Guardiola has no problem letting Sterling Leave. He said : Pep Guardiola has repeatedly stated “I don’t like to keep players that are unhappy” Sterling would offer Tuchel a guaranteed threat – he has directly contributed a combined 165 goals in the division in 320 appearances for Liverpool and City, as well as tactical flexibility and experience.

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