BREAKING: Chelsea leads Raphinha race, terms agreed with Leeds
The Brazilian forward could be on the move very soon, with Chelsea owner leading negotiations
Almost nobody saw it coming, but now things are moving so quickly it could be over in very little time. When everyone thought there was a long and drawn negotiation to be had between Arsenal and Leeds United for the signing of Raphinha, another club has burst in and broken all predictions, and that club is Chelsea.
The Blues are moving agressively in the market, being linked with a myriad of players in many positions. Now, their latest target seems to be Brazilian forward Raphinha, and the signing could be done in a matter of hours.
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Leeds have accepted an offer of around 60 million pounds (75 million euros) for Raphinha, and clubs have reached a total agreement. Now, talks are being conducted by new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly to finalise the personal terms, meaning the Brazilian could be wearing the blue shirt in very little time.
As reported by Romano, Arsenal, who where still some distance away from the fee Leeds wanted, has had a new meeting with high ranking officials from the Whites, but to no avail. The other candidate to sign Raphinha, Catalan giants Barcelona are very far in economic terms and they have no chance to match the bid from Chelsea.
As such, the road seems clear for Chelsea to add the former Rennes and Sporting de Portugal man to their squad. Raphinha played 66 games for Leeds United, scoring 17 goals and providing 11 assists as he became one of the main man for Marcelo Bielsa and then Jesse Marsch.
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