Chelsea Football Club have reached an agreement with fellow Premier League campaigners Leeds United for the acquisition of Brazilian attacker Raphinha this summer.
The 25 year-old whose current deal at Elland Road runs out in 2024, had been heavily courted by Spanish giants FC Barcelona, but the Catalan giants have been unable to match the player’s valuation due to their financial situation.
Also, fellow London side Arsenal were in the race for Raphinha’s signature, but the Gunners have yet to reach the financial level of the bid Chelsea are at.
The deal is rumoured to be worth in the region of 60-65 million pounds, including add-ons, with a significant part of that amount due to be paid immediately..
Raphinha will be the first signing of the Todd Boehly era and his arrival could kickstart the incomings of several high-profile targets including Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, Ousmane Dembele from FC Barcelona amongst others.
Raphinha has enjoyed two fine seasons since moving to Leeds United, scoring 17 PL goals in 65 top-flight appearances.