Rafinha could finally be on his way to the Premier League with Aston Villa taking a look at Paris Saint-Germain’s one-time Barcelona play-maker, as reported by Corriere dello Sport.
You won’t find many footballers with a better CV than Rafinha.
The Brazil international can boast La Liga winners’ medals from his time at the Camp Nou, he has donned the iconic colours of PSG and Inter Milan and, back in 2015, was part of the Barca squad that defeated Juventus in the Champions League final.
Appearances can be deceiving, however, and Rafinha could be forgiven for feeling a little hollow as he casts an eye over his enviable trophy haul.
At the age of 28, he has only ever started more than 20 league games in a single campaign on two occasions – both during loan spells at Celta Vigo.
Rafinha was never more than a glamours back-up at Barcelona and, since joining PSG on a free transfer last summer, has featured only intermittently under Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino.
So Rafinha has a decision to make – a difficult one at that.
Will Rafinha really swap PSG for Aston Villa?
Does he turn his back on almost guaranteed silverware at the Parc des Princes in favour of a starring role elsewhere?
Could the eternal extra thrive as a leading man at Aston Villa, Lazio or a youthful, up-and-coming AC Milan?
Rafinha’s departure would not go down particularly well with Parisien superstar Neymar – the PSG talisman is a close friend of his former Barcelona team-mate – but it would allow a gifted attacking midfielder to relaunch his career, a la James Rodriguez at Everton.
It is understood that PSG will demand around £9 million for Rafinha (MD).