Report: 'Unbelievable' player could be sold in 'next few hours', Chelsea have submitted their bid to sign him

It is being reported that Raphinha’s next club will be decided in the next few hours, amid interest from both Chelsea and Barcelona.

According to Sport, the Blues have currently offered a far better deal to Leeds United for the player, however the Catalan side are hoping the player’s personal desire to play at the Nou Camp will be enough to get the deal done quickly.

Todd Boehly had effectively agreed a fee with Leeds for the Brazilian last week, with him being set to become the club’s first marquee signing under the American.

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However, it became clear that the 25-year-old’s preference lied with a move to Spain, as he and his agent, Deco, held out for interest from Xavi’s side.

While Barcelona announced a significant financial lever last week, they are yet to agree a deal for Raphinha, or any of their targets who were not available on a free transfer.

Raphina decision in next few hours

Now though, sport reports that they have showed their hand, with a decision expected from the Premier League survivors in the “next few hours”.

This is because Leeds are hoping for the deal to be complete before they begin their pre-season tour of Australia this weekend.

The Brazilian enjoyed another stellar season last year, gaining plaudits from teammates in particular, with Kalvin Phillips describing him as ‘unbelievable’ before completing his own transfer to Manchester City.

Despite the player obviously favouring a move to the Nou Camp, the Blues should not rule out his impact as a potential signing, especially complementing the imminent deal for Raheem Sterling.

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The pair have the potential to redefine Chelsea’s attack, with their 1v1 dribbling a particular strength noticeably missing from Thomas Tuchel’s current set of options.

If it is not to be however, the club should do more to offer Ousmane Dembele an irresistible deal, with the Frenchman currently out of contract but negotiating with the Catalan club again.

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