Thursday June 13 2013
‘Rafinha to Celta? No, not yet’

Celta Vigo President Carlos Mourino has affirmed that any move for Barcelona’s Rafinha Alcantara cannot go through just yet.

The Galicians have been linked with taking the 20-year-old brother of Thiago Alcantara on a season long loan deal for 2013-14.

However, their President has made clear that for now, there is no chance of such a move.

Sunday June 9 2013
Barca ace set for Celta loan deal

Luis Enrique’s appointment as new Celta Vigo boss could see Barcelona midfielder Rafinha join him on loan at Balaidos.

Former Barca B team boss Enrique gave the Brazilian his debut in La Segunda aged just 17 during the 2010-11 season and Rafinha is eager to link up with him again.

Wednesday May 15 2013
Barca to renew Rafinha

Barcelona are understood to be keen to hand Rafinha Alcantara a new four-year contract, with a condition of a season loan away.

The 20-year-old brother of Thiago Alcantara currently has a deal to run until June 2014, but Mundo Deportivo say that Barca are in talks to extend that to June 2017.

Whilst the player has indicated that an agreement is not so close, reports are that the club are targeting his renewal next, having closed out talks for Gerard Deulofeu and Sergi Gomez this week.

Football Italia website