Benfica have made a move for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to multiple sources.
Despite Ernesto Valverde’s desire to keep the Brazilian at the Camp Nou for the season ahead, it has been reported that Mazinho is in Seville discussing terms with Betis over a move.
Rafinha spent last season on loan with Italian club Inter Milan and returned to the Catalan club over the summer.
His return was met with delight by Barca’s fans and Valverde, who are all keen to see him become a regular player at the club he grew at as a younger player.
However, the arrivals of Arthur and Arturo Vidal have cast doubt on that – and Mundo Deportivo, RAC1 and Sevilla Info all report that his father is now in talks for him to move on.
Mazinho, who has met with Real Betis, has now offered his son to Portuguese side Benfica – and they must now make an offer in the coming days to seal a deal before the transfer window closes later this week.
Rafinha made 17 appearances for Inter last season and was wanted on a permanent basis by the Serie A club, but a move never materialised as they looked at other options.