Chelsea are now set to confirm their first deal in the summer transfer window for the men’s senior team.
Confirmed reports have it that Chelsea have gate-crashed Arsenal’s bid to sign Raphinha from Leeds United after agreeing a £60million deal for the Brazilian.
Arsenal were believed to be leading the race for Raphinha and held talks with Leeds United on Tuesday.
However, the Gunners initial offer was rejected by Leeds, before Chelsea came into the race and upped their offer which was immediately accepted by Leeds.
Talks are at an advanced stage with former Chelsea midfielder Deco, Raphinha’s agent, at the heart of negotiations.
Check out a series of tweets by reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Chelsea will pay an initial £55million for Raphinha rising to in excess of £60 including add-ons.
The Blues are yet to reach personal terms with Raphinha, but that isn’t expected to pose a problem for the player who’s eager to don the Chelsea shirt.