Tuesday January 16 2018
Barca reject €20m for Rafinha

Barcelona have rejected a €20m offer from Inter for Rafinha Alcantara but both clubs are confident of a deal this month, according to reports in Spain.

A report in today’s Marca states the Brazilian will join the Milanese giants this month - as indicated by previous reports in the Spanish and Catalan press – but the two clubs are yet to agree a fee.

A loan with a compulsory purchase option had been an idea floated by the press but all parties are said to be ‘calm’ that a deal will be processed soon.

Celta Vigo had also been linked with the 24-year-old, who previously played at the club in the 2013/14 campaign under Luis Enrique and was reportedly open to a return under Juan Carlos Unzue – Enrique’s former number two.

El Mundo Deportivo had last week insisted the midfielder is more likely to head to Inter, who have cooled their interest in the Blaugrana forward Gerard Deulofeu.

Rafinha has recovered from a serious injury that kept him out since April and wants regular playing time, which he appears unlikely to find at the Camp Nou.

The versatile midfielder turns 25 next month and his brother Thiago is a regular for Bayern Munich and Spain, although Rafinha has opted to represent Brazil and is eyeing a place in this year’s World Cup.

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