Leeds United are favourites to sign Barcelona midfielder Rafinha after tabling an offer for him, according to Faro de Vigo.
The Spanish newspaper claims that Celta Vigo have been priced out of a move to sign Rafinha, 26, on a permanent basis despite the Brazil international spending last season on loan with them.
It is understood Barca want around £14million for the attacking midfielder, who can play on both wings or in a central role.
Faro de Vigo adds a couple more interesting points about Rafinha, saying that the Sao Paulo-born ace is friends with Leeds’ new record-signing Rodrigo and that Marcelo Bielsa is very keen to have him as part of his squad in the Premier League.
If Bielsa is keen on Rafinha then we are too. But Faro de Vigo’s report contradicts the noises that have been coming from the English media in regards to the Brazilian midifelder.
The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has told the Totally Football podcast that he doesn’t see Rafinha exiting Barcelona to head to Elland Road before the transfer window closes next month with Leeds intent on signing Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul.
Rafinha is a versatile midfielder who can play on the wings and Bielsa has been linked with making a move for a new wide player to add to his squad.
But Rafinha has also struggled with injuries in his time at Barcelona and has only made 90 senior appearances for them despite spending his entire career on the books in Catalonia.
We’d prefer De Paul to join Leeds but the Argentina international is bound to cost a lot more than the modestly-priced Rafinha, who scored four goals and assisted two on loan at Celta Vigo last season.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been blocked from signing one of their reported transfer targets.