'I felt ashamed': Club owner gutted not to sell 'special player' to Chelsea, says he disrespected Todd Boehly - The Chelsea Chronicle

'I felt ashamed': Club owner gutted not to sell 'special player' to Chelsea, says he disrespected Todd Boehly

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has told The Athletic that he felt bad that he couldn’t sell Raphinha to Chelsea this summer.

The Brazilian was targeted by numerous clubs this summer, despite Leeds’ dramatic Premier League survival upping his price tag.

The Blues agreed a fee with the club to sign the 25-year-old, however personal terms were never discussed between the two parties.

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Instead, a move to Barcelona appealed to Raphinha far more than the switch to Stamford Bridge, holding out for an offer from the Catalan side long enough for them to cough up the cash.

The player was deemed the perfect complement for Raheem Sterling in attack, and Radrizzani has claimed that he disrespected Todd Boehly by not selling to him.

Radrizzani disrespected Boehly

He said: “Raphinha is a special player. Honestly I think with a good World Cup he can become one of the top 20 players in the world. Why keep him in a cage?

“For me it was done, the deal with Chelsea. My word is my word and I felt ashamed to go back to Todd Boehly, the owner of Chelsea and change the position, for me it was really disrespectful and not the right thing to do. But I didn’t have a choice.”

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Boehly has endured an interesting start to his tenure as Chelsea owner, with the Raphinha story repeating itself in the saga to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla.

Barcelona again ousted them to the deal, with the American forced to reconsider his transfer targets as the window enters its final month.

However, it seems the club are finally starting to build on the acquisitions of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

As well as the additions of young stars Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina, the Blues are expected to announce the signing of Marc Cucurella imminently.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released