First of all, a quick update to inform you to perhaps not panic if you are a big Rafael fan. His agent Cassiano Pereira has insisted that his client is going nowhere:
"I see it as being quite difficult [signing Rafael]. He's a starter, despite having been injured; nobody at Corinthians has talked to me. Suddenly, there is interest. If there is, it's great. All third parties and players see Corinthians very positively, but it's hard, because he is happy at United. He is not even thinking about returning to Brazil."
So he has immediately denied the rumours. But then again, football agents are not renowned globally of always telling the whole truth, nothing but the truth so let your imagine whisk you away for a second.
The question is, why would Rafael leave United?
He has been in good form, last season arguably his best ever in a United shirt. But injuries have been a problem this season so far - and United have missed him.
But if he was to try and force a move in January, there could be a logical reason - a place in the Brazil World Cup squad.
But hang on? Playing for one of the best teams in Europe or a team in Brazil - surely it is a no-brainer which one would get him selected?
Well not exactly. I mean, he has so far only managed to get a measly two caps for Selecao. He was expected to be called up by Luiz Felipe Scolari for the most recent international friendly fixtures, but his injury ruled him out of the games.
Playing in Brazil would put him on Scolari’s doorstep. Playing in Brazil for the biggest club in the country, would put him in Scolari’s living room.
If he wants to play for his home nation at a home World Cup, securing a loan deal in January to Corinthians would definitely improve his slim chances currently afforded to him in Manchester.