Inter snap up Rafinha on loan from Barcelona


Rafinha's father has confirmed the Barcelona midfielder is set to join Inter Milan on loan until the end of the season.

Barca are now prepared to let him open a new chapter in his career, with Philippe Coutinho having arrived in a club-record €160 million deal to provide further competition, with Ernesto Valverde confirming that the 24-year-old is heading for the exits.

Inter has slipped to fourth in Serie A, 11 points behind leader Napoli.

"With Rafinha, it must be said that Inter are bringing in a Barcelona reserve", the retired midfielder told Sky Sport Italia. "It's hard for him to do that at Barcelona".

Brazilian global Rafinha damaged his knee ligaments last season in the 4-1 win over Granada and has not featured for the current La Liga leaders since April in the league.

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"There are a lot of good players [in his position] and it's been a similar way for five years now". Rafinha hopes to regain his form with Inter in order to join the Brazil squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

He then went under the knife again previous year after suffering a meniscus injury against Granada in April.

"Rafinha has a contract with Barcelona until 2020".

Rafinha went on a one-year loan to Celta Vigo in 2013 to gain experience, and he returned to Barcelona in 2014 to participate in Barcelona's wonderful season when they won the Spanish League title, Spanish Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup.

Inter are understood to have agreed an initial loan move for Rafinha, with a compulsory purchase option of €35million should the Serie A team qualify for the Champions League.