Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in bringing Brazilian midfielder Rafinha to North London this summer. The Barcelona star, valued at £30.8 million, has been told he can leave the Catalan club this summer. Sport is now reporting that Tottenham are ready to swoop for the player, with his loan club Inter Milan unable to afford the transfer fee.
It would be a good signing for Spurs, with doubts surrounding the future of current midfield dynamo Mousa Dembele.
It would also be a chance for a warped sense of payback over the Spanish giants. Last summer Barca snapped up former Tottenham flop Paulinho from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. What Spurs fans were not expecting was for the 29-year-old to go on and be such a massive success. He played 49 times for Barca, becoming a pivotal member of the first-team at the Nou Camp, as they won the Spanish top-flight title.
It left many Barca fans wondering why on earth Spurs never managed to get the best out of the Brazilian.
His presence at Barca is one of the reasons why Rafinha finds himself in search of a new home. The 25-year-old, whose brother is Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago, has struggled for first-team football with the club and Tottenham can now attempt to lure him in.
If they did, then the hope would undoubtedly be that Barcelona end up regretting letting the midfield maestro go.
In doing so, Tottenham would have a strange vindication over the status of these two Brazilian midfielders.