Chelsea close to £55m swoop for Raphinha but still face battle over move

Arsenal and Barcelona interested in the Brazilian forwardChelsea still keen on Ousmane Dembélé and Nathan AkéChelsea are close to clinching a £55m deal with Leeds to buy Raphinha after moving in front of Arsenal and Barcelona in the race to sign the Brazil international. The left winger, who has also been a target for Tottenham, is poised to become the second key player to leave Leeds this summer, after Kalvin Phillips, who is joining Manchester City.Chelsea have opened talks over City’s Raheem Sterling and also want Raphinha as they rebuild their attack. Arsenal, who have agreed a deal to buy Gabriel Jesus from City, have also made attempts to sign Raphinha. However they face the prospect of losing out to Chelsea, who are due to open discussions over personal terms with the 25-year-old.

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