Report: Chelsea had been working on potential 'bargain' signing for months, now he could cost them £60m

Reports suggest Chelsea have hit a stumbling block in their pursuit of Leeds United’s Raphinha.

According to Football London’s Adam Newson, the club had been working hard on getting the deal done for a bargain price, however Leeds’ survival in the Premier League has massively impacted the potential fee.

The Brazilian starred again at Elland Road this season, despite the club’s vast drop in form.

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He reached 11 goals in the league as Jesse March’s side stayed up on the last day of the season, relegating Burnley and attracting interest from top clubs in the process.

Those numbers look even more impressive when an injury crisis lead to the 25-year-old filling in the wing back position.

It was widely speculated that relegation, which at one point looked likely for Leeds, would make Raphinha available for around £20m. However, Newson claims their survival has set the price tag at around £60m, a sum which is a problem for the Blues.

Chelsea’s current attacking crop are on good money, which means bringing in another name in this position is difficult to justify without getting a couple of names off their books.

Despite reports that the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech could be on the move, the current situation makes a move for Raphinha difficult.

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The Brazil international would have been a great addition to any top European club for a fee in the ball park of £20m. However, their survival may push out the more savvy sides in the market, a title the Blues will be keen to hold under their new ownership.

Raphinha’s proven goal threat in the Premier League is certainly something Chelsea should consider if they do add to their attack, which is why the rumours of Gabriel Jesus or Raheem Sterling potentially making the move to Stamford Bridge should excite supporters.

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.