Chelsea make £55m Raphinha breakthrough amid Arsenal and Barcelona woes | football | Sports

Chelsea are reportedly close to agreeing a deal worth more than £55million to land Leeds ace Raphinha ahead of the new season. The Blues are expected to beat Barcelona and Arsenal for the player’s signature following Todd Boehly’s takeover last month.

Raphinha joined the Premier League in 2020 after Leeds spent £17million plus add-ons to sign him from Rennes following their promotion from the Championship. And the 25-year-old was a revelation in Yorkshire.

During his first season in England, the winger registered six goals and nine assists for Los Blancos. And last season he had 11 goals and provided three assists, although his side only avoided relegation on the last matchday.

Raphinha’s stellar performances have caught the eye of a host of top clubs and a transfer battle has been in full swing this summer. and acc the athleteChelsea appear to be winning the race for him, although the deal is not finalized.

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Barcelona have been long-term favorites to land the ace but can’t afford it at the moment, while Arsenal have so far refused to match Leeds’ asking price.

Chelsea are on the lookout for new strikers after struggling at times to break through opposition defenses last season. Romelu Lukaku was their top scorer last season with 15 goals but was considered a flop after joining the club for the second time last summer and was loaned back to Inter Milan.

And players like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, with whom Raphinha could compete for a spot in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI, all experienced changes of form. So the Brazil international, who has scored three goals in nine games for his country, will cherish his chance to capitalize on his chance and look positive at Stamford Bridge if the deal ultimately goes through.

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Barcelona’s financial situation has deteriorated in recent years following the COVID-19 pandemic and they have been desperate to cut wages and consequently spend less on transfers.

Arsenal, on the other hand, appear happy to inject the cash after spending £150m on new players last summer. But the Gunners have already agreed to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City for £45million this summer. So boss Mikel Arteta now wants to turn his attention to strengthening other areas. And Chelsea will benefit from that.

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