Raphinha would rather stay at Leeds and wait for Barcelona rather

Chelsea may be forced to abandon their interest in Raphinha with the Brazil international prepared to wait at least another six months to complete his dream move to Barcelona.

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Arsenal appeared to be in pole position to land the 25-year-old earlier this week but the Gunners failed to come anywhere close to matching Leeds’ valuation.

Chelsea looked set to capitalise on the indicision of their London rivals and moved quickly to agree a £60m fee, before attempting to agree personal terms with the Brazil international.

Raphinha, however, has made no secret of his desire to join Barcelona and reports on Friday claimed he had told his agent, Deco, to inform Chelsea he had little desire to move to Stamford Bridge.

EPSN now claim, Raphinha would even prefer to remain at Elland Road in the short term and hope that Barcelona’s financial situation resolves itself once the winter window opens.

Barcelona submitted their opening bid on Thursday but were unable to match Chelsea’s offer, only able to come up with €50m plus €10m in add-ons.

Chelsea are now pressuring Raphinha and Deco, their former player, for a final answer before they turn their attentions to alternative target.

Credit: Metro

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