19 May 2017

Transfer to Liverpool? Klopp very interested in signing 'excellent' €75m Barcelona star; offer expected soon from Juve

Liverpool are once again being linked with a summer move for one of Barcelona's Brazilian stars.

Over the weekend, Spanish newspaper Don Balon claimed Barcelona are planning to offer Rafinha Alcántara in part-exchange for Philippe Coutinho, and now, Sky Sports claims:

"Juve are planning to submit a bid for Rafinha imminently, as the Italian champions are aware that Liverpool are also very interested".

According to Rafinha's agent, however, the 24-year old wants to stay at the Nou Camp:

"Rafinha has no interest in leaving Barcelona. We have a contract until 2020 and he will finish it normally."

Some info about 'excellent' Rafinha:

* Central midfielder. Can also play as part of a front 3, or on the wings.

* Buyout clause = €75m.

* Scouting Report (Excerpt): "Will to do defensive errands and cover the full-backs and attackers. Flamboyancy and natural flair coincide with his hard-work, selfless running and defensive sacrifice".

* 2014-15: Completed 67% of take-ons, which was more than Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

In my view, Liverpool should steer clear. For a start, Rafinha recently suffered a knee injury, and is not due back until August, which means he'll miss the majority of Liverpool's vital pre-season program.

Plus, the Brazilian has a suspect injury history overall (68 games missed over the last 2 seasons), and in 2015, he spent 200 days out after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.


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