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Chelsea considering moves for Barcelona duo and Arsenal star

Chelsea are weighing up a swoop for Barcelona wingers Ferran Torres and Raphinha, as well as Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe, reports the Daily Mail.

The Blues have been the Premier League’s busiest club this summer. They have shelled out over £300 million in transfer fees, bringing in Moises Caicedo, Christopher Nkunku, Nicolas Jackson and Romeo Lavia among others.

There have been plenty of players heading out the exit door, totalling over £200m in sales. Mason Mount was sold to Manchester United, Kai Havertz left for Arsenal, and 12 other first-team players departed.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have made a mixed start to the campaign. They took one point from their opening two against Liverpool and West Ham United but picked up a comfortable three points at home to newly-promoted Luton Town. This has left them in tenth place after three outings.

With just a few days left of the transfer window, Chelsea are expected to make one last push for new arrivals before the deadline. Smith Rowe, Raphinha and Torres are all on their radar.

Once one of the Gunners’ brightest young talents, Smith Rowe has lost his way at the Emirates Stadium. He is yet to make a league appearance this season, finding himself stuck behind Havertz, Martin Odegaard and Fabio Vieira.

Nonetheless, the 23-year-old has shown his talent in the past. In the 2021/22 campaign, he scored 11 goals in all competitions, earning himself three caps for the England national team in the process.

Raphinha was previously wanted by Chelsea before his move to Barcelona in 2022. The Brazilian spent two seasons in the Premier League with Leeds United, bagging 17 goals and 12 assists.

In his debut campaign at the Camp Nou, he netted seven and assisted a further seven in 36 league outings. This helped La Blaugrana win their first league title in four years.

As for Torres, he joined Barcelona in January 2022 from Manchester City. He has since scored 16 in all competitions, including two off the bench this term.

During his time in England, he produced impressive numbers in limited game time. The Spain international averaged a direct goal contribution every 134 minutes for the Cityzens while winning two major trophies.

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