Even before Kieran Trippier suffered an ankle injury against Juventus last weekend, it was clear that Tottenham Hotspur needed to sign a right-back.
The departure of Kyle Walker has left a hole in the Spurs team, and even though Kyle Walker-Peters is very promising and Trippier is good, manager Mauricio Pochettino does need reinforcements in the right-back department.
The problem is that Tottenham are not going to find as good a right-back Walker this summer and would have to settle for a ‘Tier 2’ player for that position.
Rafinha has been on the books of Bayern Munich since the summer of 2011 and signed a new contract in December 2016 - as reported by BBC Sport - but his current deal with the German giants will run out in June 2018, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.
The Brazil international was able to make only 10 starts in the Bundesliga last season, according to WhoScored, and despite the retirement of Philipp Lahm, he is going to remain a back-up as Joshua Kimmich will be the right-back, according to comments from the club’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on ESPN FC in March.
Rafinha is not a typical Daniel Levy player. The Brazilian is in his early 30s and would not have a resale value, but the Tottenham chairman would be wise to make a move for him this summer.
The former Schalke and Genoa right-back is a good and accomplished player. Having been at Bayern since 2011, the 31-year-old already has the experience of playing in the Champions League and with some of the best players in the world.
With Tottenham aiming to win the Premier League title and progress to the knockout rounds of the Champions League as well as playing at the Wembley Stadium this season, they could be an attractive club for Rafinha.