Stamford Bridge side keen on Nou Camp duo.
Chelsea are reportedly keen on bringing in a pair of Barcelona talents as Jose Mourinho looks to continue the Stamford Bridge side’s recent youthful transfer policy.
The Daily Mirror believes that the West London side are hoping to bring in Nou Camp youngster Rafinha and attacking midfielder Gerard Deulofeu.
20 year old Rafinha is the younger brother of Spanish international Thiago Alcantara and is set to make a loan move to the Premier League, which will in turn help Man United in the push to land the latter this summer.
Rafinha is an attacking midfielder who can also play as a striker and proved very successful in Barcelona’s ‘B’ team last term, netting 11 goals for the side, who compete in the Spanish second tier. Though he is yet to play La Liga football he has appeared for the Catalan side in Champions League and Copa del Rey action.
Chelsea’s interest in Deulofeu may be more with a view to a possible first team role at the Premier League side. The 19 year old has already been capped repeatedly at Spanish Under 21 level and has played in La Liga and is considered by many to be one of the hottest young prospects in European football.
The attacker is currently with the Spanish Under 20 side at the Under-20 World Cup, and scored twice in Spain’s opening day win over the United States.
Barcelona is looking to send the pair out on loan spells but Chelsea may be interested in outright purchasing deals.
The pair may be swayed by moves to Chelsea by the presence of fellow countrymen Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta and young midfielder Oriol Romeu, who joined the club from Barcelona in the summer of 2011.