Chelsea ‘keen on Raphinha as they join West Ham in transfer battle but winger could sign new Leeds deal’

LEEDS UNITED will continue to turn down any transfer offers for star Raphinha, according to reports.

The 25-year-old Brazilian winger is wanted by both Chelsea and West Ham but any January bids will be rejected.


Rephinha, 25, is negotiating a new contract with Leeds but Chelsea and West Ham hope to muscle inCredit: AFP

This will continue whilst the Yorkshire club attempt to negotiate a new contract with Raphinha.

Sportitalia TV have reported many clubs are interested in Raphinha and Chelsea are amongst them.

The West London club ‘appreciate him so much’ and are preparing to launch a bid to trump the Hammer’s approach.

The exciting attacker has scored eight goals and two assists in the Premier League this season.

He has received plaudits under Marcelo Bielsa as talk of a new contract rumbles on.

And Leeds are ‘adamant’ the Brazil international will not leave this month, according to The Guardian.

Raphinha is away with national team and was in the starting line up that faced Ecuador in the epic World Cup qualifier this week.

The Blues are shopping for wingers as they amount a challenge for the title after the winter break.

Meanwhile, another offer for centre-back Jules Kounde is reportedly in the works.

And Chelsea are one of the three Premier League teams to be chasing Barcelona outcast Ousmane Dembele.

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