It has now been confirmed by reports coming in from Spain that Serie A giants Inter Milan are all set to agree a deal with La Liga leaders Barcelona for Rafinha, as they look to sign the Brazilian international on loan.
The 24 year old midfield star, who was previously on loan at Celta Vigo, is all set to be the next star to leave the Nou Camp. This comes as manager Ernesto Valverde looks to offload some of his stars, due to the £145m arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.
The Italian outfit were hopefully of signing the player for €20m plus add-ons during the summer transfer window. The midfield star expected to join them on loan till then.
Despite that, it seems that Director of Football for Barca, Pep Segura, feels that the player has a higher value that what was offered. The Catalans rejected the original offer that was made for his services.
All three parties are now eager to get a deal done. The player is focused on moving away from the Nou Camp for regular footballing action. This is something that he was unable to secure with his current team.
His injury has prevented him from playing a single match this term. However, it seems that he was never really in the manager’s future plans.
With the arrival of his compatriot Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele’s return to full fitness, it seems that the best option for the star player is to leave the Catalan giants.
If Rafinha is desperate to play regular football, he should seriously leave as soon as possible. However he should keep one thing in mind. Barca are the favourites to win the top flight of Spanish football this term. Theyare a strong contender for the Champions League as well.
Will he want to stick around till the summer transfer window and see what happens? Only he can tell now, though from a career perspective, the best choice would be to be a bit more patient and leave at the end of the current campaign. Former Reds’ star Coutinho will not be eligible to play in the Champions League, as it is.