Rafinha set to stay at Barcelona as Real Betis loan talks break down

David Cooper 31/08/2018
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Rafinha featured for Barcelona during pre-season.

Barcelona‘s hopes of shifting unwanted midfielder Rafinha before the La Liga transfer window slams shut in Spain on Friday appear all but over.

Blaugrana have been trying to move the Brazilian on this summer but talks with rumoured suitor Real Betis have broken down, according to Marca.

The 25-year-old, who signed for Barcelona in 2011 but struggled to nail down regular first-team football – spending part of last season on loan at Inter Milan, now looks to be staying put at the Camp Nou.

It had been suggested that Betis wanted to take Rafinha on a season-long loan arrangement, but Barca are keen to recoup some cash and offload him permanently.

Benfica were apparently also in the running to acquire the La Masia graduate’s signature, however, the Portuguese giants have stalled on their initial interest.

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Hello Barcelona fans!

Stay up to date with all the news from the Camp Nou on Thursday, with the transfer deadline approaching and the team set to find out who they’ll face in the Champions League group stage – the draw is later in the day.

12:30pm – Champions League group stage draw is on Thursday

Barcelona will find out who they’ll play in the Champions League group stage later on Thursday (8pm UAE time), with the team that dumped them out of the quarter-finals last season, Roma, a potential opponent, along with beaten finalists Liverpool.

Check out the permutations in our preview of the draw.

12pm – Paco Alcacer says Dortmund loan was an ‘easy choice’

Alcacer struggled for game time at the Camp Nou.

Paco Alcacer finalised a loan deal to Borussia Dortmund earlier this week and has revealed that the decision to move in search of more first-team football was an “easy choice”.

Watch what he had to say, here.

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Chance for regular first-team football: Paco Alcacer.

Paco Alcacer has revealed his delight at securing a season-long loan switch to Borussia Dortmund.

The Barcelona forward was merely a back-up to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou, and now has the chance to reignite his career in Germany’s top-flight.

Alcacer, 24, arrived at Blaugrana from Valencia in 2016 but has since struggled to nail down a spot.

Watch what he had to say after completing his move.

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