Rafinha’s future with Inter in doubtMay 24, 2018
Rafinha Alcantara’s future with Italian-side, Inter Milan, has hit a snag after manager, Luciano Spalleti, confirmed it was doubtful his side would be able to exercise the option on both Rafinha and Joao Cancelo.
The main obstacle in exercising the buy option is Inter needing to comply with Financial Fair Play.
Spalleti said, “The club has already started to move well, but they need to balance the books which is crucial.”
“Football has changed, before they gave you a penalty and you couldn’t go back on that, just like before you could spend what you wanted,” he added.
On-loan from Barcelona since January, Rafinha has played well with the Nerazzuri scoring three goals and providing two assists in seventeen appearances.
In the agreement of the loan, a clause was placed that made the move permanent if Inter qualified for the champions league. Said clause was for €35 million.
Inter were hoping to negotiate a lower fee with Barcelona but that appears to be a non-starter as Barcelona are unlikely to budge from the original offer. Especially considering that Barcelona’s plan during the summer will be raising up to €100 million in transfer sales.
His last few seasons at Barcelona were filled with injuries. However, the Brazilian seems to have found a consistent form during his time in Italy. It’s something his agent, and father, Mazinho has also noticed.
In an interview with Tuttosport, Mazinho said, “It’s up to Inter and Barcelona to find a solution. That said, we would like to know what Inter have in mind as soon as possible. We hope they can find an agreement that allows Rafa to stay at Inter. We will make it clear that we are happy in Milan and that we don’t want to start from scratch.”
As far as Mazinho, and Rafinha, are concerned, the plan is for him to remain at Inter.