NEWS
Monday September 2 2019
Celta Vigo talk with Barcelona midfielder Rafinha

Celta Vigo are in negotiations with Barcelona for a deadline day move for midfielder Rafinha Alcantara, report Marca.

It is claimed that the deal being discussed is a season-long loan move with a compulsory €10m purchase option, after Rafinha - whose current Barca deal expires in 2020 - renews his Camp Nou deal.

The midfielder’s contract is up at the end of this season but the club are reluctant to sanction a permanent sale despite the player’s track record of injuries.

It had previously been reported that Valencia were open to the possibility of bringing in the 26-year-old this summer, having previously made attempts to sign him in a permanent deal worth €15m.

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, who now are favourites for the Brazilian.

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

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