Chelsea handed major Raphinha blow as Deco in talks to help Barcelona secure late steal

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As the Brazilian's transfer saga drags on, reports suggest that Barcelona is attempting to sabotage Chelsea's deal for Leeds United star Raphinha.

Raphinha, 25, is currently being transferred to the Blues after it was reported that an agreement had been reached with Leeds United.

In what could be a stunning development in the ongoing transfer saga, Gerard Romero (via Rashad Rahman) has claimed that Barcelona is attempting to hijack that deal.

Raphinha was a standout for Jesse Marsch's team last season, making 36 appearances and scoring 11 goals and providing 7 assists. Arsenal was rumored to be interested in signing the Brazilian, but their bid for the winger was turned down.

However, it appears that the Blues and Blaugrana are now in a two-horse race for his signature.

The forward who formerly played for Stade Rennais has appeared to prefer Barcelona. Raphinha's current contract at Elland Road expires in two years.

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