The race to sign Brazilian and Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is taking a new momentum as Spanish news outlet Sport claims Tottenham Hotspur have joined the trio of Inter Milan, Arsenal and West Ham United in pursuit of the 26-year-old midfielder.
Following reports from the Spanish outlet earlier this week, the report reveals West Ham and the Gunners’ interest in the Barcelona midfielder, and it now appears as though Mauricio Pochettino have joined in the race to sign the midfielder.
With reports suggesting that Christian Eriksen could depart Tottenham this summer with report highlighting Barcelona as a possible destination, Spurs could look strengthen their midfielder; an area at the club that requires strong depth regardless of whether they sell the Danish player or not.
Rafinha, who is brother to Spanish midfielder Thiago plying his trade with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, spent the second half of the 17/18 season on loan at Inter Milan. The former registered 17 appearances with the Nerrazzurris’ scoring twice and with three assists to his name.
The midfielder, as per stats collated from WhoScored, notched an average pass accuracy of 89.5 per cent. On average, the midfielder nailed a complete 1.7 key passes, 43.1 total passes and 1.2 long balls per game. He’s rated by WhoScored at 7.20.
Barca’s are reportedly frustrated with Inter’s unwillingness to meet with their €35 million price agreed in they were to achieve Champions League football.
Inter like nieghbours AC Milan, are under strong UEFA scrutiny for financial fair play reason and a €35 million transfer would take a huge drop from Inter’s bank.
Tottenham, however, has been given the opportunity to make a move for the midfielder at this stage by hijacking the move from the hands of the Serie A club but remains to be seen whether they would beat Arsenal and West Ham United to the signing of the midfielder.