Manchester United target Rafinha 'has not spoken' to Barcelona about his future

Rafa Alcantara, brother of Thiago, has moved to deny rumours he has already agreed plans for his Barcelona return.

One player who appeared to be on that summer shopping list of Manchester United in 2013 was Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Unfortunately for United he instead headed for Bayern Munich to team up with his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.

But in February it looked as if Manchester United had come up with the perfect solution. If you can’t have Thiago, sign his little brother instead.

Rafinha Alcantara has been in great form this term during a loan spell at Celta Vigo - which has seen him linked with several moves recently.

A report in The Mirror back in February stated:

Manchester United are tracking Barcelona's emerging midfield talent Rafa Alcantara…The 21-year-old has been tipped to be part of the Barca first-team squad next season.

But United - who tried to sign the player's elder brother, Thiago, last summer but lost out to Bayern Munich - are watching developments closely.

He certainly seems like a good option - and he has a buyout clause in his current deal set at €30 million - so meeting that price would see him immediately become open to negotiation.

Barca boss Tata Martino is keen to keep hold of him recently stating:

“I do not know how soon, but he has a future at FC Barcelona. He is an excellent player who has taken his chance at Celta Vigo.”

But Rafinha himself has been speaking about his future this week.

The player has moved to deny reports made by Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu that the pair had already spoken about his future.

Rafinha, whose Brazilian legend father Mazinho acts as advisor, confirmed that as of yet there has been no contact with Barca about a return at the end of the season and that he remains committed to Celta Vigo for the rest of the current campaign.

Mundo Deportivo quotes the player as saying:

"I read it in an interview but have not yet spoken about anything, now I'm very focused on Celta. [Barca] have not put anything on the table to talk to my father about my future. It's nothing official."

If United want him perhaps they should make contact with his father.

Perhaps this summer an Alcantara will end up at Old Trafford.

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