Rafinha, 25, has impressed coach Ernesto Valverde during pre-season after last term’s temporary stint at Internazionale. But he was an unused substitute in the 3-0 opening victory against Alaves in La Liga.
The midfielder knows he needs regular minutes to return to the Brazil squad and is highly unlikely to get them at Camp Nou.
The transfer window closes on August 31 in Spain.
The Ligue 1 giants registered interest in both the Croatia midfielder and Spain anchorman Sergio Busquets earlier this week. But the latter has already agreed a contract extension at Camp Nou, with an official announcement to soon follow.
This leaves an opening for Rakitic. The 30-year-old has a €125 million release clause in his Barca deal.
PSG are hopeful about agreeing a deal for near €100m, plus double his wages. The only major obstacle to their advances is Rakitic’s contentment at the La Liga champions.
The transfer windows in both Spain and France close on August 31.
Hola Barcelona fans. The Sport360 team are here to bring you the latest news from the Camp Nou on Monday.
Whether it’s fallout from beating Alaves 3-0 to get their La Liga defence off to a winning start on Saturday night, Lionel Messi gossip or in-depth features, you can be sure we’ve got you covered.
1:57pm – PSG exploring possibility of tempting Ivan Rakitic away from Barcelona
The Croatian World Cup star is pivotal to the Blaugrana engine room but given the arrivals of Arturo Vidal and Arthur, there is no guarantee that he will get consistent game time this season.
Read more about Rakitic here.
1:14pm – Camp Nou pitch in its worst condition for years
They’ve only just played the first game of the season at their home ground, but there are murmurs emerging from the Barcelona dressing room that the players are far from happy with the condition of the Camp Nou pitch.
Read more here.
10:59am – “We’ll never see another like him” – Jordi Alba praises Lionel Messi
Left-back Alba paid tribute to Messi post-match after the Blaugrana got their La Liga title defence off to a fine start, overcoming Alaves 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Saturday night.
Read more on what Alba and others had to say on their team-mate here.
9:52am – Barcelona had €294 million on the bench against Alaves
They’re a club that are used to breaking records, and Barcelona broke another one in their opening fixture of the 2018/19 La Liga season on Saturday night – assembling their most expensive substitute’s bench ever.
Read more here.