Newcastle United and Chelsea want £70m-rated Barcelona star

According to SPORT, Barcelona have set an asking price of £70m for Brazilian Winger Raphinha who is subject to interest from Newcastle United and Chelsea.

The 26-year-old joined the Catalan club from Leeds United last summer for a fee believed to be in the region of €58m.

Raphinha has scored seven LaLiga goals this season whilst contributing six assists in 31 appearances.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe will be keen to add reinforcements to his squad as the Magpies prepare to play in four competitions next season.

Howe’s side currently sit third in the Premier League, three points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool with a game in hand.

Chelsea are set to be without European football next season as they continue to languish in mid-table after one of their worst seasons in Premier League history.

The Blues’ lowest points tally in the Premier League era was recorded in the 2015/16 season in which they finished 10th on 50 points.

With just four games remaining, Chelsea lie in 11th on 42 points.

Mark Marston | Get Football

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