Chelsea given transfer boost with Raphinha set to miss pre-season tour

Chelsea handed Raphinha transfer boost with Brazilian set to miss Leeds’ pre-season tour of Australia… but 25-year-old is still keen on Barcelona who aim to beat Todd Boehly’s £60m bid

  • Raphinha is expected to miss Leeds’ pre-season tour of Australia next week
  • The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to either Chelsea or Barcelona
  • Blues owner Todd Boehly had his £60m bid accepted from Leeds last week
  • But the 25-year-old is still keen on a move to the Nou Camp ahead of next season 
  • Barcelona are entrenched in financial troubles but are hoping to outbid Chelsea

Raphinha’s move to either Barcelona or Chelsea remains open as he is unlikely to join Leeds on tour in Australia. 

The Brazilian has attracted a lot of attention following his fruitful two-year spell at Elland Road, scoring a crucial goal in Leeds’ 2-1 victory against Brentford on the final day of last season to secure Premier League survival.

Barcelona and Chelsea have each hotly pursued the 25-year-old, with the latter having seen a £60million bid accepted from the Yorkshire club.

Winger Raphinha is expected to miss out on Leeds’ pre-season tour of Australia next week 

However, Raphinha has made clear his preference to sign for the Spanish giants and will reportedly hold out for a move to the Nou Camp, having already rebuffed interest from Spurs and Arsenal.

Barcelona have been crippled by financial complications in the transfer window so far, slowing down their pursuit of Raphinha, as well as priority transfer target Robert Lewandowski.

The Catalan club are also keen to lure Bernardo Silva away from Manchester City, according to reports.

The 25-year-old is heavily linked with a move to Chelsea but would prefer a Barcelona switch

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is keen to mount a serious title challenge next campaign

Leeds are preparing to jet off to Australia to face Brisbane Roar and Aston Villa in a pre-season tour next week, although it is expected Raphinha will be absent from the trip.

Barcelona, who announced the free transfers of Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen this week, have little time to scramble together an improved bid to beat Chelsea to his signature.

The Blues, under the new ownership of Todd Boehly’s consortium, plan to bolster Thomas Tuchel’s squad with a glut of summer signings in an effort to launch a serious title challenge.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is set to become the first recruit of the Boehly-led era in a deal worth in the region of £55m. 

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