According to the Italian media, Liverpool and Arsenal have been handed a transfer boost in race for Barcelona star Rafinha, as the midfielder’s potential suitors – Juventus, have pulled out of the pursuit of the Brazilian.
Rafinha had been struggling to make it into Barcelona’s starting XI during the last several seasons but Luis Enrique did field him quite regularly last season.
Trouble is, the 24-year-old midfielder suffered a major ankle injury which has been forcing out of the pitch for five months.
Now that South American is back on the pitch, Barcelona have changed their manager and could either decide to sell him or include him in a potential player-plus cash swap deal.
Rafinha is being linked with moves to Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus given that both Philippe Coutinho and Paulo Dybala are top transfer target of the La Liga giants. Barcelona could add Rafinha in a player-plus cash swap deal to sign one of them but the Serie A giants have already rejected a chance to sign him.
The reports from Calciomercato claim that Juventus refused to sign the talented midfielder a few months ago when the player was offered to the Serie A giants.
Liverpool and Arsenal have one less competitor in their chase for the 24-year-old.