Chelsea report: Barcelona find funds to challenge Blues for top target

A change to Barcelona’s financial situation has allowed the Spaniards to challenge Chelsea for Leeds United winger Raphinha, say reports. 

The Brazil international has been heavily linked with the Catalan club this summer, but they risked losing out on him amid serious competition from Stamford Bridge.  

The Blues made an offer of £55 million for the 25-year-old on Tuesday, which could rise to £60m, but the Times (opens in new tab)reports that Barca will now match that bid.

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Barcelona unlocked transfer funds by agreeing to sell 10 per cent of their La Liga TV rights for the next 25 years on Thursday.

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