Chelsea will hold talks with Raphinha’s agent as they press to finalise a deal for the Leeds winger and fend off any late threat from Barcelona after Deco is spotted outside the Nou Camp
- Chelsea will hold talks with Raphinha’s agent Deco after having bid accepted
- The Blues are urgent to secure deal after Deco was spotted in Barcelona
- The Brazilian’s agent is exploring potential transfer options for the Leeds winger
- Chelsea have agreed a £55m fee plus add-ons with Leeds for the playmaker
The club have offered a five year deal worth around £118,000 a week and agreed a £55m fee plus add-ons with Leeds as they look to secure their first signing of the window.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are pressing to finalise the move after Deco was spotted in Barcelona on Wednesday to see if the Spanish side, Raphinha’s preferred club, can finance a rival offer.
Chelsea will hold talks to Raphinha’s agent as they press to finalise a move for the Leeds man
Raphinha’s agent, Deco, was spotted in Barcelona as he explores the Brazilian’s options
It was announced on Tuesday that talks were advancing after Leeds accepted a bid for Raphinha, with former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Deco at the heart of negotiations.
However, the west London side are urgent to get a deal over the line after the Brazilian’s agent was seen outside the Nou Camp with club chiefs Rafa Yuste, Mateu Alemany, Enric Masip and president Joan Laporta.
Despite Tuchel’s side being close to an agreement, Raphinha’s preferred destination would be Barcelona and his agent is doing everything he can to explore that option.
The Blues have agreed a £55m fee plus add-ons with Leeds for the Brazilian winger
Earlier this week, the Blues gatecrashed Arsenal’s bid to sign Raphinha from Leeds after the Gunners had been in pursuit of the Brazilian.
On a frantic day, Arsenal held talks with Leeds after their initial offer of £30m plus add-ons was rejected last week and put forward a new proposal but they did not come close to Chelsea’s offer and the Brazilian winger is now poised to move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea plan to team Raphinha with Raheem Sterling in a new-look strikeforce as they continue parallel discussions with Manchester City over a £55m deal for the England international.
Thomas Tuchel is hoping to make Raphinha his first signing of the summer transfer window