Chelsea Will Be On The Negotiating Table On Thursday Over Leeds United Winger Raphinha


Chelsea Will Be On The Negotiations Table On Thursday Over Leeds United Winger Raphinha
Chelsea reportedly hope to convince Leeds United winger Raphinha into a transfer to Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Having impressed during his two seasons at Elland Road, the playmaker is now expected to sign for a club who possess European football for 2022-23.

For a number of months, it has been claimed that Barcelona are the Brazil international's preferred destination, the Catalan giants also known to hold an interest in the 25-year-old.

However, Barcelona are currently not in a position where they can afford Raphinha, leaving the door open to the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.

At one stage, the latter appeared to be well placed to win the race, but reports emerged on Tuesday evening that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was prepared to meet Leeds' asking price.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Boehly will hold discussions with the representative of Raphinha on Thursday in a bid to find a positive resolution.

A photo emerged on social media on Wednesday showing Deco - Raphinha's agent - leaving the offices at Barcelona, the suggestion being that the former player of both sides was enquiring about the level of interest from the Spanish giants.

As it stands, it is unclear whether Barcelona will find a way to facilitate a transfer or if the player is prepared to remain patient when it comes to making a decision regarding his future.

Nevertheless, Romano says that there are "key hours" ahead for all of the relevant parties, particular Chelsea as they look to accelerate their transfer business.