Chelsea had actually planned a medical for Raphinha ahead of a potential move from Leeds United, but he’s snubbed them to complete a transfer to Barcelona.
Raphinha, 25, is an attacker that’s been at the centre of transfer speculation during this summer window.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea had a price tag set at £60million ahead of a move to sign the Brazil international.
It is understood the Blues started preparing for the left-footed winger to have a medical, too.
The report explains Thomas Tuchel’s side still felt the race to sign Raphinha was alive two days ago, but Barcelona have now won the race.
Leeds confirmed on Wednesday that they’ve reached an agreement in principle with Barcelona over Raphinha’s transfer, with a medical now set to take place.
Chelsea planned Raphinha medical
This is one transfer saga Blues fans may be glad to hear the back of.
It’s been an up and down transfer story to find out where Raphinha finally ends up, but Barcelona has reportedly always been his preferred destination.
Once completed, Chelsea supporters can forget about a player that Todd Boehly reportedly personally looked into signing.
Yes, Raphinha is someone that’s lit up the Premier League during the last two seasons with Leeds. He’s a very talented wide player that’s deserving of a big transfer.
However, his heart has been set on a move to the Camp Nou.
Sterling the safer bet
Chelsea are set to sign a top-class winger despite seemingly missing out on Raphinha.
Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling, 27, is going to add more firepower at Stamford Bridge.
He’s reportedly jetted out to the United States ahead of his imminent Chelsea transfer.
The Premier League winner is much more of a banker than Raphinha given his CV.
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