Done deal: Barcelona confirms much-talked about deal involving star player
Fresh off their impressive performance against Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin, Barcelona have made a big announcement after officially confirming the loan deal of Rafinha.
Rafinha moves to Inter on loan with the possibility of sealing a permanent switch at the end of the season.
Explaining the transfer, Barcelona said: “FC Barcelona and FC Internazionale Milano have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Rafinha until June 30th 2018.”
“FC Internazionale has an option to purchase the player for 35M euros plus 3M euros in variables, which must be confirmed before the end of the current season. FC Internazionale assumes the player’s salary.”
The Brazilian is a product of the club’s youth system (La Masia), joining at 13-years-old and made his debut for the Barca B team under Luis Enrique in the 2010/2011 season.
He went to make his debut for the first team under Josep Guardiola on 9 November 2011. A season later he was a fully-fledged member of the B squad.
Rafinha enjoyed the support of the Asturian manager who took him on loan to Celta Vigo, and Enrique’s departure left man speculating that his exist was close.
In his time at FC Barcelona, Rafinha claimed a total of nine trophies: a Champions League, two league titles, three Copas del Rey, a European Super Cup, a Spanish Super Cup and a World Club Cup. In his 79 matches for the Barça first team he scored 11 goals.