Transfer Talk: Chelsea, Newcastle tracking Barca’s Raphinha

The summer transfer window has closed throughout Europe, but there are still moves in the works and plenty of gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

Chelsea and Newcastle United are interested in Barcelona winger Raphinha, according to Sport.

The Blaugrana are reported to be yet to make a decision over the 26-year-old’s future amid a drop in form in LaLiga recently, with the two Premier League sides currently at the front of the queue if he becomes available for transfer.

Raphinha previously turned down a move to Stamford Bridge after deciding to join Barcelona from Leeds United in 2022, and despite interest emerging in his signature again in the summer, he had no desire to leave manager Xavi Hernandez’s side after a campaign in which he scored seven goals from 36 matches to help win the league title.

While Barca sporting director Deco believes Raphinha can play a key role in the squad, it is said that the club hierarchy are prepared to consider offers for his signature at the end of the season if there are no signs of improvement in his current performances.

The Brazil international has scored two goals in 11 appearances across all competitions so far this season.

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