Chelsea have reportedly gazumped Arsenal in the race to sign Raphinha from Leeds United.
There has been growing suggestion in recent weeks that Leeds would be prepared to do a deal over their Brazilian talisman if an offer arrived at the right price point.
Despite links to Chelsea, Tottenham and Barcelona, Arsenal have been considered the firm favourites to strike a deal with Leeds and Raphinha this summer.
However, just as Arsenal fans began printing the shirts, Chelsea have arrived with a MAMMOTH offer and now look set to complete the transfer of Raphinha.
Chelsea and Leeds have reached full agreement for Raphinha! Official bid accepted around £60/65m [add ons included]. Main part of amount to be paid immediately. It’s done between clubs. 🚨🔵 #CFC
Talks now ongoing on player side on personal terms and contract. Boehly, on it. pic.twitter.com/gNbc4HbrTa
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 28, 2022
Thomas Tuchel’s frontline, while undoubtedly talented, has been largely ineffective since his arrival at the club. He appears to have run out of patience.
With Raheem Sterling also expected to arrive from Manchester City, the addition of Raphinha will see Chelsea have a completely new look attack for next season.
Will it be enough to transform Chelsea into serious contenders for Man City’s Premier League crown? We’ll have to wait and see how things develop in the next campaign…