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Chelsea are reportedly set for ‘direct talks’ with Raphinha’s agent today as they wait for an answer from the Brazilian over personal terms.
The Brazil international signed for Leeds in 2020 ahead of their return to the Premier League, joining from Rennes for around £17m.
A report on Tuesday stated that Chelsea had agreed a £55m transfer fee with Leeds and the deal for the Brazilian winger was close to completion.
But it was also claimed that ‘the race is not yet closed’, and his agent Deco was spotted leaving the Barcelona offices on Wednesday alongside director of football Mateu Alemany and Enric Masip, advisor to president Joan Laporta.
A move to the Nou Camp has always been Raphinha’s preference, but Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea are set for ‘direct talks’ with Deco on Thursday as they look to agree personal terms with the winger, with ‘key hours’ ahead.
Chelsea are also heavily linked with a move for Raheem Sterling, with Thomas Tuchel said to have held talks with the England international.
And former City goalkeeper Shay Given thinks the decision to sell Sterling could haunt Pep Guardiola.
“He’s a top player, but for whatever reason in the last 12 or 18 months him and Pep, have not fallen out, but he’s just not started every game,” Given said.
“Sterling is a player that strikes me that would not be happy coming off the bench and being a bit-part player in the last six or seven months.
“Will he come back and bite Pep, maybe? That’s the thing from a City point of view, do you think he will come back and score a goal towards the end of the season that wins the league for Chelsea.
“He’s a top player, but with 12 months left £50million is still a lot of money. With the Financial Fair Play, City have to balance the books and they are still trying to bring in players as well.
“It might fit well for both clubs.”
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