West Ham United are interested in a move for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, but face competition from Torino for him.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who say that Ronald Koeman has made it clear he has no place for him in his team.
Rafinha returned from a loan spell with Celta Vigo this summer and had hoped to force his way into Barça’s plans, but that’s unlikely to happen, and so a move is now on the cards.
He’s been linked with a move to the Premier League for several weeks, and Mundo say there is now one team specifically interested in him; West Ham.
They have already been in contact with Barcelona and ‘asked’ about the midfielder, but Torino are also showing interest in him.
Barça are open to the sale and are sticking to their €16m asking price, which they set last year when the midfielder renewed his loan spell with Celta Vigo.
Whether West Ham would be willing to pay that isn’t mentioned, but if they are, they will find a player willing to make a move.
Rafinha ‘welcomes’ the idea of playing in England, where he would come up against his brother Thiago, although he is also open to playing in Italy after a loan spell with Inter Milan.
Mundo say the decision is quite literally in his hands, and he is also willing to wait until January when he will be free to negotiate with whoever he likes as his contract at the Camp Nou expires next summer.