Chelsea and Liverpool to battle for Leeds star Raphina as Tuchel eyes winger

Chelsea and Liverpool are set to go head to head in the battle to sign Leeds United star Raphinha.

The Brazilian has seen his stock rise after a brilliant start to the season, following on from his fine campaign last year in the Premier League.

The Whites have had an abject season so far and find themselves in a relegation battle while there is speculation that Marcelo Bielsa could be fighting for his job.

And they could also be competing to keep hold of Raphinha, who has alerted the attention of some prestigious clubs across Europe as well.

Rumours emerged that Bayern Munich had come to an agreement to sign the former Rennes star but reports have insisted that a January transfer is off the cards.

But a summer change could be on the way while Jurgen Klopp is a known fan of the winger as he looks to spruce up his attack with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all entering their 30s.

However, Liverpool have themselves a battle on their hands with Chelsea interested in the Leeds star.

According to Sport Italia, the Blues are working on a deal that will bring the 26-year-old to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Thomas Tuchel is keen on bolstering his attack, which has looked less than impressive at times this season.

The likes of Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have struggled this season, scoring nine goals between them in all competitions.

Jorginho, on the other hand, has the same amount of penalties scored this campaign, while there have been reports that some players could leave.

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Raphinha has been in fantastic form for Leeds this year, scoring eight times in 16 Premier League appearances.

That has already beaten his total of six last campaign, while the Blues have plenty of transfer targets in their sights.

Everton defender Lucas Digne is on their shortlist as well as Monaco ace Aurelien Tchouameni.

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