Barca’s financial situation made Raphinha deal seem practically impossible at one point.
According to CBS Reporter Ben Jacobs, Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is hoping to wrap up a deal for Leeds United star Raphinha within the next 24 to 48 hours.
It is believed that the West London club have already agree ond a fee with their Premier League rivals for the Brazilian, but a late move from Barcelona has put a spanner in the works.
Earlier, the Telegraph reported that Chelsea had struck a £55m agreement with Leeds to sign Raphinha this transfer window.
Later we got to know that Barcelona are also trying an 11th-hour hijack as they look to bring him to Camp Nou.
Itlian jurnalist Fabrizio Romano stated in his recent CaughtOffside column that the Barcelona had an agreement on personal terms since last March. However, their financial situation made a deal seem practically impossible at one point.
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.”