Chelsea have been told exactly how much they should pay to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha

Chelsea’s current transfer activity may have been halted but the Blues are still linked with a number of players. One of them is Leeds United winger Raphinha, who has caught the eye of a few top teams in Europe.

If Thomas Tuchel is hopeful his side can be serious contenders for the 25-year-old, he’ll have to hope the current ownership debacle is wrapped up in time for the summer. The west London side are currently unable to sign players, due to their current sports license after the UK government imposed sanctions on Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

The 55-year-old has since put the club up for sale, with Sky News reporting the next round of final offers are due to Raine Bank by April 11. Once the sale is concluded, the club should resume its activities. normally, but it remains to be seen if we see the same scale of investment.

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Discussing the potential new owners, Tuchel told a press conference earlier this month: “It’s a huge amount of money [to buy the club] that’s why I’m also confident because I think if someone buys a club for that kind of money it’s about challenging at the highest level then it’s about trophies then it’s about is about winning and being the best you can be. It’s not about developing a project, it’s not about making money with the club.”

This comes ahead of a significant transfer window for the German manager, with a number of key players expected to be out of contract as well as an innate desire to strengthen the current squad to compete for the Premier League title once again. One player linked is Raphinha, who has scored nine league goals for a struggling Leeds side this season.

PSG and Barcelona have also been linked in recent days, but the Blues now know exactly how much it would cost to land the Brazilian this summer. According to fabrice romanothere is a release clause in the player’s contract which depends on where he finishes this season.

If Leeds stay in the Premier League the release clause is worth £75m, but if the team are relegated to the Championship it is reduced to £25m. This has led to teams waiting until the end of the season before making a move, with the possibility of signing him for less if Los Blancos move up to the second tier.

If they stay though, it would come at a significant cost, although it could at the same time show the faith the new owners have in Tuchel if they back him to sign Raphinha. It remains to be seen if it is a viable option, with other areas of potentially higher importance.