Chelsea are reportedly plotting a sensational £105million double swoop for Raheem Sterling and Raphinha this week.
New chairman Todd Boehly is expected to make a move on the two high-profile wingers in the coming days by splashing out. Chelsea made contact with Leeds United over Brazilian Raphinha and quickly overtook their rivals in the race to sign him by agreeing to pay the full £55million asking price.
The Sun reports the Blues will also offer £50million for Manchester City ace Sterling, with the Englishman keen on a move to the London club. City will listen to offers despite wanting the 27-year-old to stay.
It comes after Chelsea out-manoeuvred their rivals in the race for Raphinha. Arsenal, Barcelona and Tottenham were all at one point linked with the 25-year-old but it is now likely he will play at Stamford Bridge next season.
Raphinha himself preferred a move to the Spanish giants, but their financial troubles meant it was never going to happen unless they offloaded Ousmane Dembele. Chelsea’s deal is expected to be announced in the next 48 hours.
He will be Chelsea’s first signing of the summer transfer window and the first since American Boehly’s £4.25billion takeover. And it comes as a much-needed boost to Thomas Tuchel, who has already lost key defenders Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers.
Tuchel will already be aware of the threat Raphinha poses in attack, with the winger scoring in the 3-2 away defeat at Stamford Bridge in December. The former Rennes star scored 11 Premier League goals and notched three assists last season.
Chelsea budgets £105m for Sterling, Raphinha