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Barcelona place ‘final bid’ to sign Raphinha amid heavy Chelsea links

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The Brazilian star has sparked a bidding war between three elite European sides.

Barcelona have reportedly submitted their last offer for Leeds United star Raphinha.

The Catalans are competing against Chelsea and Arsenal in the transfer race for the highly-rated winger.

Leeds are keen to see the bidding war between the three sides escalate. But it seems Barca have decided to submit a final offer for the player.

According to SPORT, the Catalans have placed a £47m bid for Raphinha.

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The Spanish outlet claims the offer is well below Leeds’ demand for the 25-year-old. Chelsea are reportedly in a better position to sign Raphinha as they can afford to place a higher bid.

Following the departure of Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech’s imminent move to AC Milan, the Blues have decided to reinforce their attacking line.

Thomas Tuchel is reportedly eager to sign Raphinha while Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is also close to joining the Blues.

Raphinha played a crucial role in Leeds’ escape of relegation after the appointment of Jesse Marsch last season. The Brazilian has been on Chelsea’s radar for a long time.

However, the Blues have intensified their efforts to sign Raphinha after Richarlison snubbed them to join Tottenham earlier this summer. According to Mirror, Chelsea are preparing to offer a £65 bid for the winger.