Rafinha set for season-long loan move to Real Betis

Rafinha set for season-long loan move to Real Betis

- Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is set for loan move to Real Betis

- The deal could be made permanent based on performance

- The 25-year-old was on loan at Serie A side Inter Milan last season

Brazil international Rafinha is set to join Real Betis on loan from Barcelona with an obligation to buy at the end of the season, The Sun quoting Sport.

The younger brother of Bayern Munich ace Thiago - has struggled to gain a first-team spot at the Nou Camp and has been plagued with injuries.

And according to Sport, Betis are closing in on a deal which would see them pay £1.5million up front and another 22.5million next summer.

Their report adds that Barca insisted on the compulsory purchase as they look to move on from the attacking midfielder.

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The 25-year-old joined Serie A side Inter Milan on loan in January and played 17 times but has not been brought back to Italy.

The Catalan club have until the European window closes on Friday to complete their transfer business.

The La Liga champions have been linked with Manchester United skipper Paul Pogba, but are highly unlikely to agree a deal before then.

Future Barca president Gerard Pique has left fans in doubt about the club's interest as he paid tribute to the Frenchman.

He said: “I don’t know about his relationship with Mourinho.

"We’ll see in the future, but we would be very happy to see Pogba in Barca’s shirt.

"Pogba is a very good player, but a Manchester United player right now, and we’ll see if anything happens in the future.

"We would be happy to have him here, but Manchester United is his club and, if someone has to say something, it must be them."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Barcelona picked up from where they finished in La Liga as they recorded a 1-0 victory over new comers, Real Valladolid.

Ousmane Dembele got the only goal of the match in the second half to give Ernesto Valverde his second win of the season.

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