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Friday August 23 2019
Valencia eye loan for Barcelona's Rafinha Alcantara

Valencia are keen on bringing in Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara on a season-long loan move, report Marca.

It is claimed that the Catalan giants will renew the contract of the player - whose current deal expires in June - before sanctioning the loan exit.

The report states that Los Che are unconvinced on the player’s injury record but are preparing to take a short-term gamble on the player, even though no formal proposal has been made.

Rafinha has been blighted by similar injury problems over the years - he had a stint on loan at Inter for the second half of the 2017-18 season but featured in just five La Liga games last campaign before suffering a MCL knee ligament injury.

The Brazilian is set to be a number of players to exit the Camp Nou this summer and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has already joined Valencia, with Neto going the other way.

With the clubs maintaining a good relationship and locked in negotiations, another mentioned Valencia target - Denis Suarez - has since joined Celta Vigo.

Denis, Cillessen, Thomas Vermaelen, Douglas Pereira, Jeison Murillo and Kevin Prince-Boateng have been among the departures from the Camp Nou this summer.

Football Italia website