Report: If 'unbelievable' player doesn't get to join Barcelona, he wants to come to Chelsea this summer

Leeds United star Raphinha would reportedly prefer to join Chelsea over any rival suitors if a move to Barcelona doesn’t materialise this summer.

The Athletic claims Raphinha would like to complete a move to Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s ongoing financial problems are a potential stumbling block.

It is understood Chelsea are the 25-year-old’s preferred destination after Barcelona.

The report explains Arsenal have submitted an offer to try sign the Leeds attacker. However, an opening bid is expected to be rejected by the Yorkshire club.

It’s previously been reported Chelsea have made contact about Brazilian winger Raphinha, but it’s Barca that have agreed personal terms for him already.

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Raphinha to Chelsea

It sounds like Thomas Tuchel’s side aren’t completely out of the race to sign the Brazil international this summer.

Described as “unbelievable” by Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier, Raphinha is understandably a player that’s in demand during this window.

The left-footed winger still has two years remaining on his contract at Elland Road, but a string of top clubs are queuing up for his signature.

He’s capable of magical individual moments with the ball at his feet. His pace, dribbling and directness is a key part of his game on the right wing. It won’t be a surprise to see him elevate his game if he gets the chance to play alongside better players on a more consistent level, too.

A glamorous transfer to Barcelona is the path that so many South American superstars have taken in the past. However, latest reports suggest Chelsea are the next best option for Raphinha.

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