Chelsea could have found an upgrade on Raphinha to complete Thomas Tuchel’s dream attack – TCC View

Reports have suggested that Chelsea are interested in a deal for Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry.

According to The Telegraph, the Blues have highlighted the 26-year-old as the missing piece of their attacking jigsaw, as a deal for Raphinha gets away from them.

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The Brazilian’s desire to play for Barcelona looks set to become a reality, despite Chelsea agreeing a deal with Leeds United for the player.

The hope to sign Raphinha came as a result of looking for the perfect complement to Raheem Sterling, who is set to join the Blues any day now. However, in Gnabry they could have found an even better candidate for the role.

Since joining Bayern, the Germany international has become a regular goalscorer, with his returns steadily increasing every season.

This has coincided with a more than impressive record for the national team, where he has scored 20 goals in just 34 appearances.

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Gnabry an upgrade on Raphinha

Comparing this to Raphinha last season, the Brazilian contributed just six non-penalty goals. While it could be argued he was playing in a far weaker side, the focal point of the Leeds attack was always him, whereas Gnabry is sharing the spotlight with 50-goal a season striker in Robert Lewandowski.

Gnabry’s level of finishing ability is something desperately lacked among Chelsea’s current crop of attackers, with Mason Mount the only player to reach double digits in the league in the last two seasons.

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Furthermore, his ability to come inside as well as drive down the line makes him an unpredictable entity, differing to the challenge current right-wing option Hakim Ziyech offers.

It has been claimed that Gnabry’s Arsenal connections have previously seen him turn down a potential move to Stamford Bridge. However, this could make the signing even greater for the Blues, with the statement being made that the club are superior to their London rivals in today’s footballing climate.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.