With a little over twenty-four hours remaining in the transfer window, Chelsea have submitted an official offer for a Bayern Munich star.
The bid has come at the same time that Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rejected an offer to move to the Blues.
It feels like the Ox is hoping that by snubbing Chelsea he’ll manage to force through a move to Liverpool.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are looking at the Ox and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar in the final hours of the window.
The player in Chelsea’s viewfinder is Bayern Munich’s Rafinha. He’s able to operate in a wing-back slot.
Rafinha, 31, is under contract at the Allianz Arena until the end of the season.
However he’s unlikely to feature much in the 2017-18 season as he’s a second tier player in the Bayern squad.
So far this season, Rafinha has only played 23 minutes for the Bavarians.
Unfortunately Bild fail to state any details of Chelsea’s offer. It’s unclear how much Rafinha costs, or what type of deal Chelsea have put on the table.
Rafinha has become second choice right-back for the German champions this season, playing just over 20 minutes in their opening game of the Bundesliga season.
And will Rafinha want to move to Chelsea? If the player’s intention is to play as much football as possible, one has to wonder how much game time he’ll get at Stamford Bridge.
From the outside, Rafinha would undoubtedly be a back-up player in the Blues setup.
The Blues are still looking to bolster their squad before the transfer window shuts, with Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente a likely signing in the next 24 hours.
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From Belgium: Everton asked Chelsea for two players + €50m for Romelu Lukaku
Unless you’ve woken up from a deep slumber and missed the past few months, you’ll be fully aware that Chelsea, despite wanting to get Romelu Lukaku from Everton, were unable to sign the Belgium international, ending up with Alvaro Morata instead.
This, however, wasn’t for a lack of trying, but Manchester United managed to convince the former Blues’ starlet that teaming up with José Mourinho was the better move for him, helped along the way by Paul Pogba.
However, according to Sport/Foot in Belgium, one of the reasons behind the failed bid could be Everton’s demands, who allegedly asked Chelsea for two players plus a whole lot of money for their star striker.
The magazine, looking at some of the bigger deals involving Belgian players this summer, reveal that when Antonio Conte and co. came knocking for the 23-year-old, Everton agreed to let him go if they could get Michy Batshuayi, Bertrand Traoré and €50m in return.
Ronald Koeman and Co. clearly had their eye on a good deal.
As you can imagine, that didn’t go down too well over at Stamford Bridge, who politely declined the demands, as they wanted to hold on to the former Marseille forward, having rejected offers for him all summer.
We doubt this was the only interchange between the two sides prior to Lukaku’s move to Manchester United, but if it was a starting point, it certainly never looked good for Chelsea.