Leeds United have rejected the chance to sign Rafinha from Barcelona after being offered the midfielder by the La Liga giants, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Spanish news outlet claims that Rafinha, who is the cousin of new Leeds striker Rodrigo, is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs and Celta Vigo after they had him on loan last season.
Barca seem eager to get the two-times Brazil international off their books in the current transfer window but Leeds are unable to finance a deal and have therefore turned down the opportunity to land him.
The 27-year-old, who made 30 appearances in all competitions and scored four goals for Celta last season, is reportedly valued at £14.2million by Barcelona.
Mundo Deportivo claims that Rafinha agreed with Barca that he’d be allowed to leave for that figure before he went on that loan to Celta, which is contract due to expire next summer.
Leeds tabled a £10million bid for Ryan Kent last month but the offer was rejected by Rangers and the news about Kent has gone rather quiet since [BBC Sport].
Rafinha, like Kent, can play in the centre of the attacking midfield area or out wide so you can see why he might appeal to Marcelo Bielsa.
But that £14.2million valuation is similar to what Rangers might demand for Kent so it seems as though that extra £4million goes past the Whites’ budget.
It will be interesting to see what happens if Rafinha becomes available for less.
Leeds might make a U-turn on that decision.
In other Leeds United news, fans were wowed by this fringe player’s display against Pacos de Ferreira on Saturday.