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Chelsea to revive interest in signing Barcelona’s Raphinha

Chelsea may look to revive their interest in signing Raphinha from Barcelona before the summer window closes, according to reports.

The West London side were among the teams linked to the Brazil international before he moved to Barcelona from Leeds United last summer.

But after just one campaign in La Liga, it is believed that Barca are considering selling the 26-year-old and they would likely accept an offer above £60million.

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to sign a new attacking player before the transfer deadline and may turn to Raphinha, according to The Telegraph.

The winger has had 10 goals and 12 assists across 51 matches for Barcelona to date and has knowledge of the Premier League from his spell at Leeds.

Raphinha helped Barcelona win the La Liga title last campaign as they finished ten points clear of second-placed Real Madrid.

The winger has been capped 16 times by Brazil and was part of their squad for last year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Chelsea look set to finally offload Romelu Lukaku after agreeing a loan deal with Serie A side Roma.

It has been reported that the Blues have inserted a £37m release clause into his contract, which could tempt Roma to sign him permanently next summer.

Roma owner Dan Friedkin will fly Lukaku to the Italian capital himself, according to reports, after he played a major role in the deal.

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