Chelsea deal for Raphinha in crisis as Barcelona 'new bid' sees star make request

Longari says Leeds want an initial £51m plus a further £8.6m in add-ons. Longari tweeted: “Raphinha despite the proposal of #Chelsea #Barcelona are convinced of being able to hijack the transfer. Raphinha has granted time to #Barca in order to introduce the final proposal to #Leeds (€60M +€10M) #LUFC.”

Arsenal are also interested in signing Raphinha and have seen an offer turned down by Leeds in recent weeks. However, Chelsea moved ahead of their London rivals in the race for the player earlier this week by agreeing a fee.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is keen on strengthening his attacking options and Raphinha is one of his main targets. Manchester City star Raheem Sterling is also a target for the Stamford Bridge club, with his contract at the Etihad expiring at the end of next season.

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