Chelsea give hope of Raphinha swap deal as Leeds target ‘transfer demand’ | Soccer | sport
Chelsea have been offered a lifeline in their bid to sign Raphinha – with current winger and Leeds target Hakim Ziyech reportedly handing in a transfer request in order to push for an exit from the club. The Moroccan is said to be a target for the Yorkshire club and could be used as a counterweight in a possible deal.
Raphinha has been a focus for many clubs this summer, with Arsenal and Barcelona being the two teams most linked with his signing. The Brazilian’s superb move to the Premier League for the Yorkshire club has caught the eye of the continent’s biggest teams, although a deal has yet to be agreed.
Chelsea are one of the clubs hoping to sign him, although with the Whites’ £65m valuation a deal could be complicated with Tuchel wanting to make six signings from his £200m budget. Still, with an interest in Ziyech, the club could use him as a pawn in a cashier player deal, with the Daily Mail claiming he wants out after handing in a transfer request.
The report says the Chelsea star is keen to leave after falling out of favor at Stamford Bridge. After joining from Ajax for £33million in 2020, the Moroccan enjoyed a decent debut season under Frank Lampard.
However, after finding himself in the pecking order in west London, Ziyech wants more minutes and is expected to leave the club in the summer months. Despite the possibility of using him in a deal for Raphinha, Ziyech looks more likely to head to AC Milan with the Rossoneri ‘confident’ of landing their man.
Milan are reportedly already in talks to sign him but other reports haven’t ruled out he could be offered to Leeds. CBS Sport claimed this week that an offer including Ziyech could be tabled in a bid to tempt Leeds to the negotiating table.
“Don’t be surprised if Chelsea advance their interest if they bring Hakim Ziyech into the equation, because from what I understand from speaking to Leeds sources separate from Raphinha, Ziyech, if he were to leaving Chelsea, has been a player on their radar,” journalist Ben Jacobs told The Football Terrace. “So there could be a possibility of doing business with Raphinha coming one way and Ziyech being given to Leeds. potentially, they would like to have a replacement ready to go.