Chelsea wait on Barcelona as they retain interest in Raphinha & Ousmane Dembele

Chelsea remain interested in signing both Raphinha and Ousmane Dembele, 90min understands, although their hopes of landing either player hang in the balance.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel is keen to strengthen the Blues’ goal-shy frontline this summer following Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter on loan, and the best way to do so is considered to be through signing productive wide players given the lack of elite central strikers on the market.

The London club is closing in on the £45m signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, but sources have informed 90min that Leeds’ Raphinha and now-free agent Dembele remain on their radar.

However, much will depend on Barcelona and their finances – or lack thereof.

Although Chelsea have agreed a fee of around £60m with Leeds for Raphinha they have been unable to settle on personal terms as a move to Camp Nou is the Brazilian’s preference, and he is waiting for Barça to find a deal.

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