Raphinha to Chelsea transfer 'one step away' as winger's wages at Stamford Bridge emerge

Raphinha’s prospective transfer to Chelsea is reportedly one step away after it emerged the west London giants have offered the winger a deal worth £115,000 a week, which will net him roughly £6million a year. The Leeds ace has been in scintillating form since moving to the Premier League two years ago and has been tipped to turn his back on the Whites and embark on a new challenge this summer.

Leeds snapped Raphinha up for just £17m from Rennes at the start of their first campaign back in the top flight in 2020. And the 25-year-old has adapted to life in England by illustrating his prodigious talents against some of the best defenders in the world.

During his maiden campaign at Elland Road, the Brazil international scored six goals and provided nine assists for his side. And last season, he found the back of the net 11 times and turned provider on three occasions as Leeds avoided relegation to the Championship by beating Brentford on the final day of the season.

Raphinha had been tipped to move to Barcelona this summer, while the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have also been linked with him. But, according to TuttoMercatoWeb, the personal terms Chelsea have offered the talented player are higher than all the other offers he has received so far. And an agreement is close.

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“The key is to basically work with Tuchel to come up with the best players that are available,” a senior Chelsea source told the publication last week. “We really want to make sure we have a good defence. We’ve got depth in midfield. We’re not desperate for an out-and-out striker.

“Fortunately, there’s reasonable opportunities in the market right now in order to satisfy the fans’ desire to be competitive. I think it’s a combination of moves and there’s five or six that we’re going to look to make.”

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