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Chelsea “were the leading race” for Leeds ace Raphinha but sanctions mean Barcelona are now in pole position for the summer transfer

CHELSEA were reportedly leading the race to sign Raphinha before sanctions against owner Roman Abramovich banned the club from buying players.

the leeds star is now likely to join Barcelona instead of this.

Raphinha is a transfer target for several European giants

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Raphinha is a transfer target for several European giantsPhoto credit: Getty

transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims the 25-year-old winger is ‘open’ to join Barca afterwards Chelsea was originally groundbreaking.

Reports proposed earlier this week Raphinha has agreed personal terms with the Spanish giants about a move.

Negotiations between his agentformer Blues midfielder Deco and Chelsea bosses are said to be ongoing before the club was put up for sale.

But now no new players can be signed while Abramovich is still the owner at Stamford Bridge.

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As a result, talks had to be brought to a standstill.

And while Liverpool have also been linked With the Brazil international, Barcelona have benefited from Chelsea’s dire situation.

Talks between Deco and the LaLiga side have been ongoing since earlier this month, shortly after sanctions were imposed on Russian billionaire Abramovich.

Deco was also a Barcelona player for four years and still works as a South American scout for the Spaniards.

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A direct deal between Leeds and Barcelona is still pending and Barca are said to wait and see if Los Blancos are relegated.

If this were the case, it would significantly reduce the required transfer fee Raphinha to the Nou Camp.

His current release clause is a whopping £70million.

Barcelona’s latest Mega announcement £240m sponsorship deal with music streaming site Spotify has increased its presence in the transfer market.

Raphinha has scored nine goals and provided three assists in 27 Premier League games this season.

He is under contract with Elland Road until the end of the 2023/24 season.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18050896/chelsea-raphina-transfer-sanctions-barcelona-leeds/ Chelsea “were the leading race” for Leeds ace Raphinha but sanctions mean Barcelona are now in pole position for the summer transfer

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