One of the targets that was clearly at the top of Todd Boehly and his group’s list was Raphinha. The Blues came out of nowhere with a serious bid for the winger that was accepted last week, once Boehly had finally removed Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech from their roles.
That indicated he was a top choice – but he’s not one we’re going to get our hands on now, at least if you believe well connected Spanish journalist Gerard Romero.
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Raphinha: Solo es cuestión de tiempo que sea culé. Cerrado con el jugador y cerrado con el Leeds.
Dembelé: Todo depende de él. Tiene una oferta igual que lo que cobra Ansu o Pedri.
— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) July 5, 2022
He says that Barcelona have gazumped us, using their freshly minted TV deal cash to pay Leeds and the player the money they want to make a deal happen.
In similar circumstances, long-standing Chelsea target Jules Kounde also appears ready to move to the Camp Nou.
As seems to be happening across the board, the Blues are being let behind by other teams moving more decisively.