Chelsea ‘favourites’ to seal deal for Arsenal target after Marsch delivers transfer update

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Jesse Marsch talks about Chelsea target Raphinha Credit: PA Images
Jesse Marsch talks about Chelsea target Raphinha Credit: PA Images

Chelsea are leading rivals in the race to sign Raphinha but only if Barcelona fail to make Leeds an acceptable offer, according to reports.

The Brazilian wants to leave the Yorkshire club this summer with it becoming clear over the course of the summer so far that his heart his set on a move to Barcelona.

However, the Catalan giants are struggling to reach an agreement with Leeds over a transfer for Raphinha with Barca not the financial powerhouse they once were.

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Arsenal and Chelsea have been the main two clubs to show concrete interest in Raphinha but they will have to wait to see if Barcelona can meet Leeds’ asking price.

The Evening Standard claims ‘a decision on Raphinha’s future is expected within 24 hours’ as Barcelona’s bid stalls and Chelsea ‘remain favourites’ for his signature.

The report adds: ‘Arsenal have not given up hope of luring Raphinha to the Emirates Stadium but Chelsea are frontrunners should Barcelona not come through.’

And Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has praised the 25-year-old for his “good attitude” despite constant transfer speculation.

When asked about Raphinha’s future yesterday, Marsch said: “It hasn’t been an easy time for him this summer, things have come and gone and there’s been a lot of little discussions.”

“Right now he’s our player, he showed up today [Thursday] and trained with everybody. He had such a good attitude. We had a very open and honest conversation about while he’s here he’s part of us and we’ll see what happens.

“There’s still a long way to go in the transfer window, I know he has hopes and dreams and we’ll see how everything goes.

“I said to him, I know he loves this team, this club and being here but we’ll see how things progress day by day.

“I think we just have to wait and see what happens in the next couple of days. There’s urgency from his end I think to come up with a solution and then we have to see where things stand and then make that decision.”

 

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