Chelsea may be forced to dump interest in this player after what Barcelona president said

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Chelsea were believed to be leading the race for Leeds United star Raphinha, but the transfer has taken a new twist.

The Blues had previously hijacked the deal from Arsenal, as Leeds accepted a £60m bid from Chelsea.

Chelsea may be forced to abandon their interest in Raphinha with the Brazil international not keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.

Reports claim Raphinha is prepared to wait at least another six months to complete his dream move to Barcelona.

According to ESPN, 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.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed Raphinha wants to join Barca, and he also confirmed Chelsea’s interest.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta said: “Raphinha wants to come at Barça. We have communication and have spoken with Leeds. #FCB

“What’s there is that there are other clubs that want Raphinha and are making their proposals.”

The transfer took a twist when Deco, the agent of the Brazilian, was spotted at Barcelona’s office on Wednesday.

Raphinha had agreed personal terms with Barcelona in March and was keen on moving to the La Liga.

However, Barca have been unable to meet Leeds’ valuation of the player due to the club’s financial situation.

Chelsea have pressured Raphinha and Deco, his agent, for a final answer before they turn their attentions to alternative target.