Chelsea are reportedly ahead of Barcelona in the race to sign Leeds United star Raphinha. The Brazilian has been one of the standout performers in what has otherwise been a disappointing 2021-22 campaign for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
According to Footballtransfer, Chelsea have the edge over Barcelona in the battle to sign Raphinha. The 25-year-old’s release clause currently stands at €75 million but could be reduced to as little as €25 million if Leeds suffer relegation from the Premier League this season. The club are currently languishing in fifteenth place in the league table, just five points above the relegation zone.
Raphinha joined Leeds United from French club Rennes in the summer of 2020 in a deal worth €20 million. The winger enjoyed an impressive first season with the club, scoring six goals in 31 appearances in all competitions and helping Leeds finish ninth in the Premier League table.
Raphinha has grown from strength to strength this season. The Brazilian has scored nine goals and provided two assists for the club in just 23 appearances in all competitions. His performances have caught the attention of the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona.
Chelsea will look to sign a forward this summer as a number of their attackers have failed to provide the goods this season. The likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have struggled to cope with the speed and physical demands of the Premier League since their big-money move to Stamford Bridge from the Bundesliga last summer.
Christian Pulisic has shown glimpses of his ability during his time with the Blues. The American’s time with Chelsea has, however, been ravaged by injuries. Thomas Tuchel’s side could therefore try to sign Raphinha.
Barcelona, on the other hand, are bracing themselves for the potential exit of Ousmane Dembele this summer. The Frenchman’s contract with the club is set to expire at the end of the season and he has thus far rejected the chance to extend his deal with the Catalan giants. Barcelona reportedly view Raphinha as a potential replacement for Dembele