By Pranav Shahaney

7th Jul, 2022 | 4:40pm

Chelsea lose patience as Leeds United cater to Barcelona demands for Raphinha

Chelsea are losing patience over the entire transfer saga involving Raphinha and his potential Leeds United exit this summer.

According to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs, the Blues may even put a deadline of their own on Leeds in order to quicken things.

July 7 was the date Barcelona were supposed to come in with an improved offer but that’s not happened thus far.

Speaking on the Football Terrace on July 7, Jacobs said, “If the deadline doesn’t lead to any agreement [with Barcelona], it opens the door to Chelsea.

“He’s excited by Chelsea. He’ll get a pay rise, Champions League football and if they can’t get it done in this window then he will move to Chelsea.

“Chelsea sources are implying they do not want to let it drag on as it puts the control in Raphinha’s and Barcelona’s court.

“Chelsea could lose patience and might say to Raphinha to make his decision after things get clearer in a day or two and Chelsea sources have intimated that they’ll put their own deadline on it.”

Dragging on unnecessarily

This deal should’ve been done and dusted long back but it’s still going on due to Barcelona’s current financial situation.

They should have sold him to Chelsea and told the Catalans that they can only buy him if they match the Blues’ offer.

Instead, they allowed Raphinha and Deco more time to speak to the Spanish club and they’re even considering taking payments in instalments.

This is not how transfer dealings must be conducted and he must be sold to the highest bidder.

It’s not like the Brazilian is against a move to Stamford Bridge as he’ll get everything he wanted at the Camp Nou.

There’s even a chance of the Blues paying him more in terms of his wages while Deco would also be compensated better in terms of agent fees.

In other Leeds United, a Whites defender heavily admired by Marcelo Bielsa could permanently seal his permanent exit this summer with there being genuine interest in his services.