Chelsea could offer Hakim Ziyech to Leeds in a surprise swap deal for Raphinha, according to reports. The Blues are one of many names in the running to sign the Brazil international, who was the subject of an opening offer from Arsenal earlier this week.
The Gunners are believed to be in the driver’s seat to sign the 25-year-old and a second offer could arrive in the coming days.
But other clubs cannot be ruled out at this stage, including Tottenham and Chelsea, as cash-strapped Barcelona risk being left behind.
According to CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs, Chelsea could even potentially offer Ziyech in exchange for Raphinha given Los Blancos are interested in the Moroccan.
He told The Football Terrace: “Don’t be surprised if Chelsea advance their interest if they bring Hakim Ziyech into the equation, because from what I understand from talking to Leeds sources separate from Raphinha, Ziyech, if he left Chelsea, was a player on their radar.
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Cody Gakpo of PSV Eindhoven is another interesting name. The Dutch winger is valued in the region of £30m.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were apparently in charge of Raphinha before he was hit with sanctions over his links to Roman Abramovich.
Ziyech is one of the players they are actively looking to switch this summer after two seasons in west London.
Despite a number of notable contributions, the playmaker has struggled to stay consistent since joining the Premier League.
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In theory, partially offloading him in exchange for Raphinha would make perfect sense given he could help Los Blancos replace their star.
The 29-year-old managed just four goals and three assists in the Premier League last season, raising doubts whether he will ever make his way into Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI.
Leeds have already recently made deals with Chelsea after signing Lewis Bate from the Blues for £1.5m.
It is believed that Leeds would prefer a cash deal for Raphinha to bolster their own summer transfer budget.