Barcelona are in for a busy summer as Ernesto Valverde looks to add to his squad which might prompt the fringe players to leave on loan in search of game time.
Ernesto Valverde is a man on a mission who isn’t resting on his laurels. The Spaniard is looking to reshape his squad after dropping out of the Champions League quarter-finals. This might see a lot of high-profit arrivals at Barcelona which might put a few players’ future in jeopardy. One of such players to be affected by the rebuild is Rafinha Alcantara, who might be looking elsewhere.
Reports from Italian newspapers
Calciomercato, a popular Italian news outlet, have revealed that teams like Tottenham and Inter Milan are monitoring Rafinha’s situation. The 25-year-old was loaned out to Inter during the turn of 2018 and has impressed. The Nerazzurri gained a Champions League birth after beating Lazio on the final day of the season. Barcelona aim to sell their talented midfielder on a permanent deal but, according to Mundo Deportivo, no club has made an offer to sign him.
So the La Liga holders are willing to listen to loan offers for the Brazilian midfielder. Barcelona, however, wants suitors to add an obligation to buy the player at the end of the season. Inter are interested in the player, despite signing Radja Nainggolan, after failing to make is move permanent for € 38m. Inter are not the only Italian club looking at the Brazilian as Lazio also seem interested. Even Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs might attempt to lure him to the Premier League.
Rafinha on his future
Rafinha, however, seemed at ease when questioned about his future.“Football is still a business and sometimes people’s wishes aren’t fulfilled. Right now I’m a Barcelona player. I still haven’t met with the club, but in my head, I have the idea of presenting myself for pre-season training on July 11 and then we’ll see,” he said.“I’m ready for anything.”
He thanked his Inter teammates for the experience during his short stint at the San Siro.“Inter was a spectacular experience. It was a style of football and a language I didn’t know. It was important for me to get back to playing as many games as possible after my injury. I knew my ability to adapt quickly would be important. Thanks to my teammates and the Nerazzurri fans, I was very well received and I regained my confidence in playing my style of football. I had a great time at Inter and I was thinking of staying. I was really convinced that with qualification for the Champions League I’d have stayed, but it didn’t happen,” he concluded.
Rafinha might not sell thousands of shirts or score a ton of goals. But he can be a very important player for many teams. As Spaletti correctly pointed out after the Chievo game, he can keep a cool head and play for the team. On the other hand, his family might be a bit sad if Thiago Alcantara returns to Barcelona while his brother moves out.