Barcelona midfielder Rafinha agrees terms for AC Milan move


Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara has accepted personal terms for a move to AC Milan, as reported by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 24-year-old appears surplus to requirements at Barcelona, who recently added compatriot Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande, adding to a wealth of midfielders at the club.

Rafinha Alcantara joined the Barcelona youth academy at 13 years of age. He comes from a family of sporting prowess; his father, Mazinho, won the World Cup with Brazil 1994, while his mother, Valeria, was a successful volleyball player. He is also the younger brother of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago.

AC Milan are apparent front-runners for his signature, which would mark their 12th first-team signing in a drastic summer overhaul, but no agreement has yet been reached between the two clubs.

Rafinha’s breakthrough into the Barcelona senior side came in November 2011, coming off the bench in the Copa del Rey, but it wasn’t until a loan spell at Celta de Vigo that the Brazilian began to show his quality.

He scored four times and assisted five in 32 appearances at Celta, the club where he got his first taste of La Liga football, before returning to Barcelona for the 2014/15 campaign.

Steady progress saw him earn scattered minutes across the campaign, starting 13 times as Barcelona lifted the La Liga title, but an anterior crucial ligament (ACL) injury in September 2015 kept him out of action for the next six months.

His misfortune with injuries continues; Rafinha played no part in pre-season due to a meniscus tear suffered in April.


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