Why West Ham and Barcelona's Rafinha are a match made in heaven

West Ham fans celebrate theior win over Manchester United outside the Boleyn Ground, the Home of West Ham United football club on May 10, 2016 in London, England. Tonights Premier League...

After Rafinha's move from Barcelona to Inter Milan collapsed, West Ham should enter the fray and complete a quality signing.

The former coach of Manchester City, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini (L), arrives for the draw of the Copa Sudamericana football tournament, in Santiago, on July 12, 2016.

West Ham continue to look for ways to rebuild, and rejuvenate, their squad under the management of Manuel Pellegrini.

After missing out on the transfer of Javier Pastore, who joined AS Roma from Paris Saint-Germain, West Ham will be looking for a new central midfielder with the attacking qualities needed to link their defence with the likes of Lanzini and Arnautovic going forward.

Meanwhile, in Italy, Inter Milan have failed in their pursuit to sign Brazilian midfielder Rafinha. Rafinha, the brother of Bayern Munich’s Spanish talent Thiago, was linked with a move to West Ham in June. Inter Milan had Rafinha on loan at the San Siro from January, with the loan contract including an obligation to buy should Inter Milan qualify for the Champions League.

Rafinha Alcantara of FC Internazionale looks on during the serie A match between Atalanta BC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on April 14, 2018 in Bergamo, Italy.

Inter narrowly beat Lazio to 4th place and therefore their Champions League goal was achieved. However, Inter were reluctant to pay the full price of the future fee, negotiating with Barcelona to such an extent that the Spanish side are now refusing to let him join Inter.

This opens the door for West Ham, who could do with a talented player occupying the centre of midfield. West Ham signed an Inter man of their own on loan in Joao Mario, yet Rafinha is an upgrade in many ways; one which would prove to be a fantastic coup for the Hammers.

Rafinha of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Granada CF at Camp Nou stadium on October 29, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

Rafinha will be available for a maximum of €35 million, yet West Ham could choose to try and get a discount on the signing. The Brazilian would add an extra dimension to West Ham’s midfield, with his ability to push forward from the midfield instrumental in leading charges into the opposition’s final third.

In the 17/18 season for Inter, Rafinha averaged 43.1 passes per game, with an accuracy of 89.5% - in addition to 1.7 key passes and 2.4 successful dribbles per game. In comparison, whilst on loan, Joao Mario picked up 33.3 passes, with an 81.3% accuracy, 1.2 key passes and 1.3 successful dribbles per game. An obvious and clear upgrade; one which could be just what West Ham need to elevate themselves to the next level.

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