Spanish starlet deals Chelsea 'verbal agreement' blow

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Chelsea are set to miss out on Spanish starlet Rafinha after the teenager agreed a new deal with Barcelona.

Speculation has been rife over the 18-year-old's future at the Nou Camp, with clubs across Europe thought to be keen on adding Thiago Alcantara's brother to their ranks.

Despite Real Madrid and Chelsea leading the chase, Spanish radio station RAC1 claims a deal has been 'verbally agreed' between the Catalan giants and the player, with the contract until 2015 set to be signed on Friday.

The news will come as a blow to Andre Villas-Boas, who has sent members from his Stamford Bridge scouting team to monitor the player on a number of occasions.

AVB has invested heavily on young players since arriving in west London from Porto in the summer, with Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu three high profile Chelsea additions.

The later moved to the Barclays Premier League from Barcelona, but Rafinha will not be following in his international colleagues footsteps, with Chelsea missing out on the Spanish U19 on this occasion.

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