According to reports from Italy, Chelsea maintain a ‘strong interest’ in Leeds United star and Brazilian winger Raphinha ahead of the end of the season.
As the January transfer window opens in a matter of days, it looks like the Blues are working on deals for the end of the season.
According to Sport Italia reporter Gianluigi Longari, Chelsea, as well as many ‘other top clubs’ have are interested in Raphinha from Leeds and could look to pursue his signing when the season concludes.
The 25-year-old signed for the Whites at the start of the 2020/21 season and has been a light for Leeds ever since making the £16.75 million move from Rennes.
The Brazil international has already bagged eight goals in the Premier League this term, despite having a poor start to the campaign for Leeds, who are now set to fight relegation.
Manchester United are one of the numerous clubs who are also credited with an interest in Raphinha and it appears Bruno Fernandes who played with Raphinha at Sporting Lisbon would very much like to see his former team-mate play at Old Trafford sometime.
In an interview, the Leeds star insisted that he can achieve his personal goals and ambitions at Elland Road, despite interest from clubs.
When asked by BBC Radio Leeds on the possibility of reaching his personal goals in Yorkshire, the Brazilian said: “Without a doubt.
“When you bring together players with a real, strong, winning desire together with the manager, the coaching staff, fans who love the club, you create a wonderful atmosphere in the stadium and at the training ground.
“Marcelo Bielsa demands a lot of us. We know that. We’re used to it. We listen to him. He helps us develop and evolve as players, as professionals.
“We listen to him and we play his style of football. That’s the football that has put us, that has given us attention in the Premier League, made us stand out in the Premier League and made Leeds a Premier League team.”
The fact that Raphinha is left-footed makes him an attractive option for Chelsea and his play style is completely different from others.
His left foot cut success is similar to that of Arjen Robben and Mohamed Salah and he would be a tremendous signing from the west London club