Chelsea to offer African star in swap deal?

Chelsea to offer African star in swap deal?
Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea

by Staff Reporter

Friday Jun 24, 2022. 16:00

With Leeds United star Raphinah being linked with a number of Premier League clubs, it’s been reported that Chelsea could offer one of their African stars as part of a swap deal for the Brazilian winger.

The Leeds United fan favourite is said to have attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Spurs and Barcelona. It is believed that Arsenal are the front runners in the race for Raphinah’s signature but will now face stiff competition from Chelsea.

According to CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs, Chelsea could look to offer Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech in exchange for Raphinah, with Leeds United reportedly interested in bringing him to the historic English side.

“Don’t be surprised if Chelsea advance their interest if they bring Hakim Ziyech into the equation,” Jacobs told the Football Terrace as per the Express.

“My understanding from talking to Leeds sources separate to Raphinha is that Ziyech, should he leave Chelsea, has been a player on their radar.

“So there might be a possibility to do some business with Raphinha coming one way and Ziyech being given to Leeds. Because Leeds don’t just want a chunk of money for Raphinha to the tune of £55/£60million potentially, they would love to have a ready-made replacement.

“And they see Ziyech as a viable option and that would remain the case even if Raphinha goes elsewhere.”

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