According to recent reports from Spain, Blues are preparing to make a summer bid for Barcelona’s Raphinha, as the winger appears to be nearing an exit from Camp Nou.
Raphinha has attracted the attention of several Premier League clubs. And recent reports suggest that Arsenal is actively pursuing his signing for the upcoming summer transfer window. Arsenal’s sporting director, Edu, is reportedly making persistent efforts and communication to facilitate a potential deal for Raphinha.
According to the same report, there is a possibility that Raphinha could be relegated in the pecking order at Camp Nou if Lionel Messi returns. However, French media claimed that Messi will be playing his football in Saudi Arabia next season. Indicating a potential change in the circumstances surrounding Raphinha’s position at Barcelona.
Regardless of the outcome, it appears that several teams will be vying for the services of the Barcelona winger this summer. Alongside Newcastle United, who have also been linked with the player. Chelsea seems poised to take the initiative and make the initial move in pursuing Raphinha.
Reports from Spain, as relayed by Sport Witness, indicate that Chelsea is preparing to submit a bid for the 26-year-old winger. Formal negotiations are expected to begin promptly. With the objective of securing his services ahead of the 2023/24 season.
The player’s agent, Deco, is eager for his client to consider offers from the Premier League.
Reports suggest that the west London club, who narrowly missed out on signing the former Leeds United player last summer, holds a high level of interest in securing his services.
What will the Blues gain after signing Raphinha?
Acquiring the Brazil international will come at a significant cost, as the La Liga club is seeking to sell him for €80m (£69m) before June 30th. Whether Chelsea is willing to meet such a substantial asking price is yet to be determined.
In his debut season at Camp Nou, the attacker has been a notable success. Contributing eight goals and nine assists, which stands as the second-highest tally of goal contributions within the squad.
His ranking as the joint-best performing player for the Spanish club in La Liga further supports the indication of his success. According to SofaScore. With an average match rating of 7.30. It is indeed surprising that Barcelona is willing to entertain the idea of letting him depart from the team.
Moreover, the Porto Alegre-born star has gained recognition for his offensive prowess. Journalist Muhammad Butt has also commended his contributions on the defensive end. Referring to him as a “defensive monster.”
Bringing Raphinha to Chelsea would undoubtedly be a fantastic addition. However, the major obstacle lies in the significant transfer fee demanded by Barcelona. Chelsea should not allow themselves to be held to ransom. Especially considering that securing a new striker should be the top priority.
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