Chelsea transfer news: Raphinha slams ‘lies’ claiming Brazil star is set for quick-fire Barcelona exit

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Barcelona winger Raphinha has slammed reports he could be set for a quick-fire return to the Premier League this summer.

The Brazilian was of interest to both Arsenal and Chelsea last summer but eventually left Leeds United for the Camp Nou.

Still, reports in Spain have claimed the LaLiga leaders are prepared to sell the 26-year-old in an effort to raise funds amid a difficult period for the club financially.

Chelsea and Newcastle have been tipped to make a move for Raphinha at the end of the season even despite a successful first season in Spanish football.

Barca are set to win the league title under Xavi and the Brazil international has played a key role.

Despite a slow start, the former Leeds star has scored ten goals while registering 11 assists in 45 appearances across all competitions.

Now, he has hit out at suggestions he could leave.

Replying to a post on Instagram relaying the rumours, Raphinha wrote: “Lie.

“The person who said this is a liar and uninformed.”