The agent and father of Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has told FC Inter News that a number of clubs are now interested in his signature – and he won't be waiting around for Inter Milan.
Rafinha, 25, has come up through the ranks with Barca having joined in 2006, with both he and brother Thiago attempted to become stars with the Catalan giants.
Whilst Thiago moved on to Bayern Munich in 2013, Rafinha has spent his entire career with Barca, save for two loan spells with Celta Vigo and, most recently, Inter Milan.
Inter swooped to land the Brazilian on loan in January, and he impressed during his time at the San Siro, notching two goals and three assists in 17 appearances.
Fans have been clamouring for Rafinha to stay, and Inter did have a permanent option included in the loan deal, but their deadline has now passed, and they appear to be moving on having signed Roma's Radja Nainggolan.
Rafinha doesn't appear to have a future at the Camp Nou, and his father Mazinho – who happens to be his agent – has told FC Inter News that Inter were the preferred destination, but they aren't prepared to wait around for Inter to make their minds up.
Mazinho also noted that other clubs are interested in signing Rafinha, and that may well end up being Tottenham Hotspur, given that SPORT in Catalunya recently claimed Spurs are keen to secure his signature.
“There’s no doubt that he wanted to remain with Inter,” said Rafinha. “Because he was happy there, in a united group. However it didn’t happen and now he’ll work with Barca again. Inter didn’t exercise their option to buy and we cannot wait around for them. We’re working to sort out the player’s future and we can’t give priority to Inter, not least because there are several clubs interested in him.”
“Rafinha did very well at Inter and I’m not surprised the fans are so fond of him. He wanted to stay but unfortunately it hasn’t happened. That’s football, things can change very quickly. Sometimes things don’t go as you expect them to and you have to move forwards. They haven’t said anything to us or to Barcelona, nothing. I’ve learned about the developments regarding my son thanks to you, reading the papers. Could Inter come back in for him? You need to ask them, I can’t answer this question,” he added.
A classy left-footed playmaker, Rafinha may be the ideal replacement for linked-away Mousa Dembele in the Spurs midfield, and with Inter seemingly out of the picture, Tottenham should be ready to swoop for the Barcelona man this summer.