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Chelsea Planning To Move In For This Leeds United Winger: Good Choice For Tuchel?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Fichajes revealed that Chelsea are planning to move in for Leeds United winger Raphinha. It is understood that the Blues are eyeing the Brazilian wing wizard as one of the targets for the summer transfer window.

Raphinha’s Consistent Campaign At Elland Road So Far

The 25-year-old has caught the eye at times with his performances for the Whites during this campaign. Raphinha has registered eight goals and two assists in 22 matches for Leeds this season across all competitions.

The Porto Alegre-born talent has been a consistent performer for the West Yorkshire side as he is averaging 1.5 tackles, 2.9 shots, 2.0 key passes, 1.1 crosses and 2.3 dribbles per game in the Premier League. However, he has been a bit careless when distributing the ball in the final third, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 68.5% in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

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LEEDS, ENGLAND – JANUARY 22: Raphinha of Leeds United applauds fans after their sides defeat during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
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Is Raphinha A Good Choice For Chelsea This Summer?

Raphinha is blessed with terrific pace and can make some promising runs with the ball in the final third. He has got the vision to unlock the opposition defence with a killer pass and can even chip in by scoring a handful of crucial goals for his side. The Brazilian sensation can be a joy to watch when he is dribbling at full swing up top. However, he needs to work on improving his link-up out on the wide areas.

Raphinha has what it takes to become a top talent at the highest level. Thus, Chelsea‘s interest in him is justified as he could go on to become a success story at Stamford Bridge if Thomas Tuchel can find a way to get him on board this summer. He will add a lot of pace and goals to the West London club‘s frontline.

At 25, the South American wing wizard is about to enter his prime, so the Blues can expect to get the best out of him in the coming seasons. With all things considered, Raphinha could be a good choice for Chelsea to pursue during the summer transfer period as long as he can steer clear of injuries.

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