Chelsea target ‘waiting for offer’ as Tuchel eyes up perfect Ziyech replacement
Leeds star and Chelsea target Raphinha is holding off talks over a new contract because he is waiting on offers from Europe’s top teams
Raphinha has been the best player for Leeds for the last few seasons, but he has really shown just how good he is this season, despite the poor results that the club have been picking up.
He has scored eight goals in the Premier League – twice as many as next top scorer Daniel James. He also has two assists to his name from 21 games in the English top-flight.
Leeds are hopeful of holding on to the Brazil international beyond his current contract, which expires in 2024, but IcChelseanews has learned that Raphinha wants to explore his options and is looking to hear what other clubs have to offer.
Raphinha recently insisted he is not distracted by the enormous speculation surrounding his future or the question marks over his contract situation at Leeds.
‘I’ve got a contract until 2024, my head is totally here and focused on Leeds,’ the Brazilian told BBC Radio Leeds.
‘As for contractual matters, I leave them to my agent and my dad.
‘I just focus on playing my football and making the Leeds fans happy, scoring goals, providing assists and getting victories for the team.
‘Contractual matters are for my agent, my focus is on making people happy with my football and doing as best as I can for Leeds.’
IcChelseanews View on this…
We did not spend in the January window and that was a shock, but come the summer, it could be special players like Raphinha that make a move to the Bridge.
The club dont really need him in the squad, but with Hakim Ziyech getting on a bit, he could be an ideal candidate to replace the impressive Blues winger
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