Barca Reject Inter Advances But Don’t Rule Out Midfielder Sale

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Barcelona rejected Inter Milan‘s opening bid of €25m for midfielder Rafinha but didn’t slap a “Not for Sale” notice on the Brazilian, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The 24-year-old has been told he is surplus to requirements by Ernesto Valverde but won’t be sold cheaply. The Blaugrana placed a €40m price tag on his head.

At the Camp Nou since 2006 when he joined as a youth player, Rafinha has just 78 first team appearances to his name. As well as these, he spent a season on loan at Celta Vigo, making 33 appearances.

Inter’s battles with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations are such that they prefer a loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season.

The Italians, along with city neighbours AC Milan, had hopes of deferring punishments under the financial regime dashed when the governing body of European football refused to acquiesce to requests for leniency.

The Spanish media outlet claims that personal terms between the player and Internazionale are agreed.

It may not suit Barcelona’s needs at present to sell the younger Alcantara brother. Not only do they believe he has potential to develop into a good player, the Catalans want to bring elder sibling Thiago back to the Camp Nou from Bayern Munich.