It is believed that the Blues have already agreed a fee with their Premier League rivals for the Brazilian, but a late move from Barcelona has put a spanner in the works.
What is the latest news involving Raphinha?
On Tuesday, The Telegraph reported that Chelsea had struck a £55m agreement with Leeds to sign Raphinha this transfer window.
Since then, though, it has emerged that Barcelona are trying an 11th-hour hijack as they look to bring the 25-year-old to the Camp Nou.
Raphinha is a long-term target for Barcelona, with Fabrizio Romano stating in his recent CaughtOffside column that the La Liga outfit have had an agreement on personal terms since last March. However, their financial situation made a deal seem practically impossible at one point.
They do not look to have given up, though, and appear to be firmly back in the race for the player’s signature.
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What has Jacobs said about Raphinha to Chelsea?
Jacobs has told GIVEMESPORT that the feeling around Chelsea is that if they can strike an agreement with Raphinha in the next 48 hours, then he should end up at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to GMS, the CBS Reporter said: “It’s a very, very fluid situation, and we should learn more within the next 24 hours because if Chelsea don’t strike an agreement quickly, then every day that passes, it becomes more likely that Barcelona is Raphinha’s next destination.
“Chelsea are hoping that before Barcelona can get their finances in order, they get a quick deal, and that’s why Todd Boehly’s role is so key, because he is negotiating in a proactive and direct way. And if in the next 24 to 48 hours he can get Raphinha to agree to a move in terms of the financials, then Chelsea’s feeling is that that deal will get done and Barcelona will have to back off.”
Who could Chelsea sign if they miss out on Raphinha?
If Barcelona do manage to somehow get a deal for Raphinha sorted, then that could seal Ousmane Dembele’s exit given the financial climate at the club. They are yet to meet the contract demands of the player, who is now a free agent.
Transfer insider Dean Jones told GMS earlier this month that the Frenchman is a footballer manager Thomas Tuchel “loves” and that he could see him arriving at Stamford Bridge before the window closes.