‘Been in contact’: Chelsea remain interested in £75m Brazilian, Romano claims rivalling three other clubs
Chelsea have reportedly been in contact with Leeds United over a possible deal for Raphinha.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Blues are in competition with three of Europe’s biggest clubs for his signature.
Raphinha played a key role in Leeds’ survival in the Premier League, scoring a penalty on the final day as they defeated Brentford.
The 25-year-old notched up 11 goals in total for Jesse March’s side, despite being operated in a wing-back role due to an injury crisis in the final stages of the season.
It was reported that if the club were relegated this season, Raphinha would’ve been available for a slashed price, however their survival has seen the fee only interest some of the top clubs in the world.
Transfer guru Romano has claimed Chelsea are one of these, but they face stiff competition from home and away to get the deal done.
He tweeted: “Barcelona agreed personal terms with Raphinha, but no agreement on fee with Leeds. Arsenal are in direct negotiations with Leeds, interested since March. Both Chelsea & Tottenham have been in contact too. Fee could be around 65/75m.”
With interest in Raheem Sterling from Manchester City being widely reported, it looks difficult for the Blues to get both deals done this summer, with other areas still a priority to strengthen.
It is unfortunate that if Chelsea don’t sign Raphinha, there is a strong chance he is set to strengthen one of their closest rivals up in North London.
As long as the Blues can get the deal over the line for Raheem Sterling for a fee less than what Leeds are demanding would be seen as a good move in the position the pair are being considered to strengthen in.