As Liverpool’s transfer activity continues to take one twist and turn after another, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo have made the latest sensational claim as they suggest that the Reds are interested in a deal for Brazilian midfielder Rafinha.
What would he bring to Anfield?
Rafinha is an attacking midfielder who has bags of creativity. Not known for his pace, but rather his skill and vision. He often prefers to drift wide or sit just behind the front line and create chances and opportunities for others to finish.
He does also represent a goal threat, with seven goals last season despite only starting 18 games all season. He has a mean finish from distance and is known to appear in the right place at the right time with his movement in and around the box.
The biggest criticism of the midfielder, who is brother of Bayern Munich star Thiago Alacantra, is that he lacks consistency. That has prevented him from becoming a regular at the Camp Nou and now, at 24 years of age, he may want to consider his options.
Is a move likely?
Liverpool are reportedly prepared to pay between €35 million (£31.3 million) and €40 million (£35.8 million). That wouldn’t be enough to activate his €75 million (£67.1 million) release clause, but it could be enough to pressure Barcelona into accepting an offer for their homegrown talent.
However, the Catalans would be under no pressure to sell if they allow Neymar to move to Paris Saint-Germain for £195 million, with plenty of money in the bank. Rafinha is also a candidate to step up in his place as part of the front three, and that sale might mean that Ernesto Valverde wants to hold onto his man.
There is no sign that Jurgen Klopp is desperately looking for a player of Rafinha’s style. Whilst he has been on the hunt for a midfielder, the Brazilian is far more of an offensive option than many of the other names linked.