Chelsea close to finishing the Raphinha deal, as Barcelona may repeat the Malcolm scenario

Chelsea still wants to sign Raphinha, even though Barcelona might try to take over the deal if the Spanish team can get a cash injection quickly.

Chelsea and Leeds United have agreed on a fee of £55 million plus add-ons for the Brazilian player. They have also come to an agreement on personal terms, with Chelsea offering a five-year contract worth around £115,000 per week.

There shouldn’t be any problems there, and Chelsea’s new owners still think they’ve done enough to make the transfer happen, even though Raphinha’s agent is having last-minute talks with Barcelona.

Raphinha is represented by Deco, a former midfielder. On Wednesday, Deco was seen at Barcelona’s offices, where it is thought he was making a final check to see if the Spanish team could match Chelsea’s offer.

Barcelona has been working hard on a deal that would let them trade again this summer by selling a portion of their media rights for more than 200 million euros.

The move for Robert Lewandowski has been put on hold while Barcelona tries to get the money. The club also hasn’t registered free transfer players Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessi or offered Ousmane Dembele a new contract.

A plan to steal Raphinha from Chelsea, who wanted to go to the Nou Camp, also depends on getting a cash injection quickly. Chelsea, on the other hand, must hope they have already done enough to stop that threat.

From what people know, if Raphinha could move anywhere in England, he would want to go to Chelsea.

Raphinha and Raheem Sterling, who Chelsea is in talks to sign, will still be part of a new £105 million attack. The club is also making moves to improve their defense.

Chelsea has talked to Manchester City about Nathan Ake as well as Raheem Sterling, and he is still the most likely player to replace Antonio Rudiger on the left side of Thomas Tuchel’s defense.

Chelsea is also in talks with a number of other defenders, such as Jules Kounde of Sevilla and Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus. If Chelsea signed Ake and Kounde, who can also play at both fullback positions, the club could sign a third central defender in addition to those two.

The move for Ake has made people wonder what will happen to talented young player Levi Colwill. Both Southampton and Leicester City are interested in him.

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