Chelsea handed fresh Raphinha transfer boost as Leeds United make decision

Chelsea are said to be chasing Leeds United star Raphinha this summer, and a fresh boost means they won’t have to work at distance.

There has been another development amid Chelsea’s bid to land Leeds United star Raphinha this summer.

The Blues have been heavily linked with a move for the winger this summer, and there are reports a £60million fee has been agreed with Leeds.

But there has been little progress over the last week or so, with reports claiming Raphinha is waiting for an offer from Barcelona.

The latest claims suggest Raphinha has given Barcelona 48 hours to make a move ahead of making the move to Stamford Bridge.

But in any case, it seems Raphinha’s departure from Elland Road is an inevitability.

Not only have Leeds already snapped up a replacement in Luis Sinisterra, but it has been confirmed that Raphinha will not be going on pre-season tour with the Whites.

Raphinha was not named in Leeds’ squad for their trip to Australia as speculation over his future continues.

Instead, the Brazilian will work back at the club’s Yorkshire base as his future is sorted out.

Chelsea will continue working towards a deal, and as they do, they will have the added bonus of not having to operate in a different time zone.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Raphinha of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on May 15, 2022 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Though, they are likely to demand a resolution soon, with talks not rumbling on despite a reported agreed fee of £60million.

Leeds will face Brisbane Roar, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in Australia, and Sinistera, who is thought to be Raphinha’s replacement, will make the trip.