The Blues have reached an agreement on a fee with Leeds, plus add-ons, and must now only reach a personal agreement with the player, which shouldn’t present any difficulties. Chelsea hopes to add Raphinha to their £105 million (€121 million) new-look assault with Raheem Sterling now that the transaction is likely to go through.
In order to strengthen the squad under head coach Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea has begun negotiations with Sterling and Manchester City regarding transfers to Stamford Bridge.
There has been interest in Everton’s Richarlison, who Tottenham Hotspur are in talks to sign, and Ousmane Dembele, who must decide on his future with Barcelona.
Raphinha, however, has surfaced as the forward player who will join Sterling at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel is personally promoting the player’s move, and sources say an agreement is very close.
Following the rejection of the Gunners’ initial offer last week, Chelsea has moved ahead of Mikel Arteta’s side in the race to sign the 25-year-old, whose agent is the former Chelsea midfielder Deco, who played for the team for two years. Given that a Sterling deal would likely cost at least £50 million, adding Raphinha for £55 million would need Chelsea to spend £105 million to essentially replace Romelu Lukaku, whose transfer to Inter Milan is expected to be finalized today.
Raphinha helped Leeds last season as the team narrowly escaped being relegated from the Premier League by scoring 11 goals and dishing out three assists.