Raphinha alternatives: 3 Premier League wingers Chelsea could turn to this summer
The Blues had initially identified the Leeds winger as their preferred transfer target for the right-wing position in the team for the 2022-23 season. However, despite Leeds reportedly accepting a £60 million bid from Chelsea for the winger, as per a Daily Mail report, Raphinha's preference seems to be Barcelona.
With Raphinha arguably set to leave for Spain, the Blues will have to turn to other suitable options to bolster their forward line.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three Premier League wingers the West London club could target as alternatives to Raphinha.
#3 Michael Olise
One Premier League winger the Blues could turn to as a decent alternative option for Raphinha this summer is Michael Olise.
The young Crystal Palace forward is arguably one of the most promising wingers in the Premier League and could be a decent addition to Thomas Tuchel's team.
Olise is a highly technical winger who is good at taking on opposing defenders and also creating goal scoring chances for his team. He is also very versatile and can play both as a winger as well as a number 10.
The 20-year-old Crystal Palace forward is also left-footed just like Raphinha and could be deployed by Tuchel as an inside right-wing-forward.
The former Chelsea academy player had a decent 2021-22 campaign at the Selhurst Park Stadium. He scored four goals and provided eight assists in 36 appearances across all competitions.
#2 Allan Saint-Maximin
Considering Tuchel's desire for a direct one-versus-one winger in his team, Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United could be a decent option.
The 25-year-old French player is arguably one of the best dribblers in the Premier League. He is a joy to watch with the ball at his feet and would no doubt be a fan favorite at Chelsea.
Saint-Maximin made a combined total of 140 successful dribbles last campaign, the most in Europe's top five leagues. He also registered five goals and five assists, respectively, in 37 games for Newcastle United.
Although his finishing may not be close to that of Raphinha, Saint-Maximin's dribbling skills could help the Blues against defensive-minded opponents.
Tuchel's side have often struggled to break down opposing teams who tend to deploy a low-block approach in games. This could be attributed to Chelsea's lack of direct wingers in the team.
#1 Jarrod Bowen
Another exceptional right-winger Chelsea could turn to as an alternative for Barcelona-bound Raphinha is Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United.
The 25-year-old English forward had a remarkable 2021-22 football campaign for the Hammers. In fact, Bowen registered a greater number of goals and assists than the Brazilian winger during the 2021-22 Premier League season.
As per the stats, he scored 12 league goals and registered 10 assists in 36 games for West Ham United. Raphinha, meanwhile, scored 11 goals and registered three assists.
Bowen is a very direct winger who is good at taking on opposing defenders and operating in half spaces. He also has good movement, both on and off the ball, and is a threat from dead-ball situations.