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The 23-year-old is set to sign a five-year contract – subject to a successful medical – before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
Leeds are paying around £20million to take him to Elland Road, and the move will be music to the ears of Chelsea fans.
Raphinha impressed for Rennes after joining from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2019 and helped the French side to a top-four finish last season.
The Brazilian has made a strong start to this campaign, too, registering two assists and a goal for Rennes, who are top of Ligue 1 with 14 points from their opening six matches.
Raphinha scored for the French club during their 2-2 draw with Reims on Sunday night, in what looks to be a farewell appearance for the club.
Rennes are in the same Champions League group as Chelsea, and the two sides are set to meet at Stamford Bridge on November 4.
The Blues have already weakened their European opponents by signing goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for £22m – and Rennes could potentially become a less fearsome prospect without Raphinha.
He looks set to become the fourth first-team signing at Elland Road, following the arrivals of Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Rodrigo Moreno.
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