Raphinha’s Barca u-turn puts Chelsea move at risk

Chelsea want to sign Raphinha from Leeds – that much is clear.

It was reported yesterday that the Blues had moved quickly to agree a few with his current team, and had entered talks with the winger to agree personal terms.

There was much celebration about how Todd Boehly had swept in and stolen one of Arsenal’s long standing targets.

But now it’s Chelsea who risk being embarrassed, as all their glee at gazumping the  Gunners looks premature. From nowhere today, various insiders reported that Barcelona were still trying their hardest to agree terms with Leeds, having long ago reached an agreement on personal terms with the players.

We still look favourites to sign him, simply because of Barcelona’s financial issues, but it really takes the gloss off the whole move if he would rather be at Barca anyway.

We will see how things develop – he will have to make a final decision pretty soon, we won’t wait forever.