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Monday March 27 2017
Rafinha staying at Barca - Fernandez

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has played down reports in the Spanish media that Rafinha Alcantara may leave the club.

El Mundo Deportivo reported Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus were all considering bidding for the Brazilian midfielder at the end of the season but Fernandez told Cadena Ser that no offer had been made and he would not be for sale.

"No, it’s not true,” replied Fernandez when asked if Rafinha would be available for transfer in summer.

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Friday March 24 2017
Barca's Rafinha chased by trio

Juventus, Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring the situation of Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara, according to reports in Spain.

Mundo Deportivo reports the three clubs have all approached the Brazilian’s representatives regarding the possibility of a deal, but have not yet made official contact with the Catalan club.

The 24-year-old has netted seven times across 27 appearances for the Blaugrana this season but has started only 13 La Liga games and the report suggests he could be open to a move elsewhere to guarantee regular first-team football.

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Saturday March 11 2017
Neymar & Rafinha to miss Depor

Barcelona will be without Neymar and Rafinha for Sunday’s clash with Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga.

Neither Brazilian trained on Saturday, with the official word being that Neymar had a thigh problem, while Rafinha was suffering from a bout of gastroenteritis.

Both started Barca’s 6-1 thrashing of Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday and are likely to be replaced by Andres Iniesta and Arda Turan.

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Sunday February 5 2017
Rafinha suffers broken nose

Barcelona have confirmed that Rafinha broke his nose during Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.

Rafinha took an accidental blow to the face from Barca teammate Marc-Andre ter Stegen, before leaving the game in the 54th minute with a bandage wrapped around his head to cover a gash just above his left eyebrow.

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Wednesday August 31 2016
Rafinha: ‘No problem with move’

Barcelona’s Rafinha has no problem with moving elsewhere if the club cannot guarantee him game time.

The 23-year-old has been at Camp Nou since he was a youth player but played just six minutes in Sunday’s win over Athletic, amid fierce competition for places in Luis Enrique’s line-up.

“The truth is that I want to be at Barca,” Rafinha told Catalunya Radio. “Logically, if I can’t rely on having minutes, it’s normal that a player would want to leave.

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Tuesday August 2 2016
Celta want Rafinha return?

Celta Vigo hope to convince Barcelona to let Rafinha go with an offer of €10m and a repurchase agreement, reports claim.

Sport says the Celta President, Carlos Mourino, has reached out to Rafinha’s father, former Brazil international Mazinho, who is also his son’s representative, and he has given the go-ahead for the approach.

It’s felt that with Andre Gomes adding to a midfield already containing Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Arda Turan and Sergi Roberto, Rafinha could struggle for playing time at Camp Nou in the coming season.

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Wednesday June 1 2016
Barca offered Van der Wiel, Rafinha, Blind

Barcelona have had Paris Saint-Germain’s Gregory van der Wiel and Bayern Munich’s Rafinha offered as Dani Alves replacements, and Daley Blind.

Blind is reported by Sport as being told he can leave Manchester United with his agent, Rob Jansen, contacting potentially interested parties, Juan Mata and Memphis Depay having also been put up for sale by new manager Jose Mourinho.

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Monday April 11 2016
Rafinha to miss Atleti trip

Rafinha is set to miss Barcelona’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after picking up a hamstring strain.

The midfielder was replaced midway through La Blaugrana’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad on Saturday, and the club have since confirmed “a strain in his left adductor” on their official website.

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Saturday April 2 2016
Clasico call for Rafinha

Rafinha is named in Barcelona’s squad for the Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday as Jeremy Mathieu and Adriano miss out through injury.

The midfielder sustained knee ligament damage against Roma in the Champions League last September but has since made a full recovery and could mark his return in arguably the biggest game of the season.

However, Barca’s defence has taken a triple blow, with Jeremy Mathieu (knee) and Adriano (hamstring) ruled out and Aleix Vidal dropped on technical grounds, limiting Luis Enrique’s options to just 18.

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Wednesday March 23 2016
Rafinha ‘matured after injury’

Rafinha believes his long-term injury lay-off has seen him mature as a person and he’s delighted to be back available for Barcelona.

The midfielder suffered cruciate ligament damage against Roma in September but in early March was given the all-clear to return to action.

“It’s a moment of great happiness. The first month was the most difficult because you can hardly move, you’re dependent on a crutch and your leg hurts a lot but with the support of my people it went quickly,” he revealed in an interview with Barca TV, AS reports.

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