Chelsea favourites to sign Raphinha amid late Arsenal hope as Barcelona bid stalls

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Chelsea remain favourites to sign Raphinha with Leeds still waiting on an offer from Barcelona.

The Blues have seen a £55million bid accepted for the 25-year-old, but the player prefers a move to Barcelona and has told the Spanish giants he will wait for a move there, having already snubbed Arsenal and Tottenham.

However, with a suitable offer yet to materialise from Barcelona, Standard Sport understands a decision on Raphinha's future is expected within 24 hours.

Arsenal have not given up hope of luring Raphinha to the Emirates Stadium but Chelsea are frontrunners should Barcelona not come through.

New Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have promised manager Thomas Tuchel at least six summer signings as the Blues look to mount a serious title challenge.

Raheem Sterling is set to become the first signing under the new ownership in a deal worth up to £55million.

The England international has also agreed personal terms, which will see him become the club's highest-paid player in their history.

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