‘Arthur like Xavi’ – Barca’s Rafinha

New Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo ‘has a touch of Xavi about him’ according to his new midfield teammate Rafinha Alcantara.

Speaking after Saturday night’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the International Champions Cup, Rafinha described his Brazilian compatriot as ‘a great signing’ and praised his positive start.

“I don't like to make comparisons usually, but he has a touch of Xavi about him,” Rafinha told reporters, in quotes carried by ESPN FC.

“It's the way he touches the ball, the way he passes it. He's a great, great signing for Barcelona.”

Arthur joined Barca from Gremio this summer in a deal worth a total of €40m.

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