New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is already taking a hands-on approach to try and make a signing or two this summer.
Boehly is not messing around right now and he is currently operating as the Chelsea chairman, as well as the interim sporting director. He will probably be the busiest man in football during the summer transfer window with the amount of work he needs to do.
He’s already put himself right in the mix making calls to try and sign players, at least that is according to Fabrizio Romano’s latest column on Caught Offside.
Romano claims that Boehly has made a ‘direct call’ to enquire about signing Leeds United winger Raphinha.
This one is very complicated though, because the Brazilian wants to join Barcelona, but they aren’t prepared to pay his asking price. Arsenal have also made an offer to sign him, but Chelsea are also in the race.
“The Raphinha situation is truly one of the craziest in recent years,” Romano writes in his column. “Barcelona have had an agreement with the Brazilian on personal terms since late February, but the idea of offering €40m is far from the demands of Leeds who want at least £65m.
“Arsenal have made a first offer turned down by Leeds, while Tottenham are preparing a proposal and Chelsea have explored the situation with a direct call from Todd Boehly.
“Raphinha had given his ok to Barcelona as a priority for months, but is now really open to listening to English clubs. The decision will take a few days.
“In my opinion, it would be nice to keep seeing him in the Premier League and there is a very good chance for that to happen: for example, I know that Arteta is really in love with Raphinha, but Tottenham and Chelsea are absolutely in the race.”