Leeds United winger Raphinha turns down move to Tottenham
Leeds winger Raphinha turned down a move to Tottenham after formal talks were held, and now looks set to join Chelsea according to Nizaar Kinsella.
Reports emerged on Tuesday [June 28] that Chelsea and Leeds had agreed a deal for the Brazilian worth £55m + add-ons, with the 25-year-old set to discuss personal terms to become part of Thomas Tuchel’s attack at Stamford Bridge.
But Goal journalist Kinsella shared on his personal Twitter account that he had been told Chelsea weren’t the only club to hold formal talks with the player about a move, but that Raphinha had turned Spurs down while Arsenal had been gazumped.
“Chelsea are close to agreeing £55m move for Raphinha,” he said. “They still need to agree personal terms but it isn’t thought to be a major stumbling block.
“Understand Raphinha turned down Tottenham who had formally discussed a move with the player. Arsenal were also very interested.”
It looked a dead cert at points this summer that Raphinha would end up in Spain with a Barcelona shirt eventually, but that seems unlikely now.
While Arsenal’s interest was big, they couldn’t match Leeds’ asking price but it seems as though Spurs were possibly willing too.
Considering they have Champions League football for the new 2022/23 season, it’s quite surprising that Raphinha turned down a move there but was reportedly open to a move to Arsenal.
Maybe they couldn’t guarantee as much game time considering Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski are currently first-choice, but it would be quite a shock if Raphinha didn’t back himself to break into that side.
Ultimately though Chelsea make the most sense of all the bids on the table. They have the money, they have Champions League football and they have a gaping need for the player. It’s sad to see him go, but at least it’s a transfer that makes sense.