Chelsea leading the race to sign €80 million-rated Barcelona winger

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The attacking line at FC Barcelona is up for a significant change for the next season. The current front line has not performed up to the required standards, and the club wants to strengthen the attack going forward.

However, in order to bring new players to the club, it needs to offload some of their current assets. Raphinha is one of the players identified by the club who could be sold to generate funds and make space in the wage bill.

The Brazilian joined the Catalans only in the last summer transfer window and has performed alright in his first season at the club. While not an automatic starter, he was afforded a number of opportunities in the starting 11 because of Ousmane Dembele’s long injury.

The Brazilian has reached double figures in both assists and goals this season, which was one of the goals set for him by Xavi.

Thus, the club understands the Brazilian retains a significant value in the football market, but as his importance is expected to recede in the coming months, are willing to sell him while his value is still high.

The player himself also realizes that with reduced play time with Barcelona, his place with the Brazilian national team could also be in jeopardy, and is open to the idea of joining another club in this transfer window.

Meanwhile, the player has no shortage of suitors. A number of Premier League sides like the player, and especially value his experience of playing in the Premier League with Leeds United.

According to SPORT, Chelsea are the most interested in the player currently, as they intend to get the player they missed out on in the last transfer window when Raphinha joined La Blaugrana.

Barcelona will accept an offer for the Brazilian if it lies in the €70-80 million range. Meanwhile, they are already negotiating with Messi to return to Camp Nou and strengthen the club’s attack going into the new season.

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