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.
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.
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.