In Focus: Rafinha emerges as Everton target

According to Calciomercato, Everton are considering a January move for unsettled Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.

What’s the story?

It is expected to be a busy end to the January transfer market for Everton as head coach Sam Allardyce looks to boost his squad for the final months of the 2017-18 campaign.

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott has been strongly linked with a move to Goodison Park, but according to Calciomercato, the Toffees are also extremely interested in Rafinha.

The Brazilian, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has not yet represented Barcelona this season following his return from injury, and a number of clubs – Inter Milan included – have been credited with an interest.

Everton are now believed to be in the hunt, however, as Allardyce looks to bring in players capable of boosting creativity in the final third of the field.

Would Rafinha be a good signing?

Rafinha scored seven times in 28 appearances for Barcelona last season, but he missed the end of the campaign with a knee problem, and has not featured for the Spanish giants under the leadership of Ernesto Valverde.

The 24-year-old was declared fit towards the latter stages of 2017, but it is understood that he is not in the plans of Barcelona boss Valverde moving forward.

Arsenal and Liverpool have both previously been linked with a move, although it now seems that the strongest Premier League interest is coming from Everton.

A Brazil international of two caps, Rafinha has scored 11 times in 78 appearances for Barcelona since breaking into the first-team set-up at Camp Nou.

An impressive loan spell at Celta Vigo during the 2013-14 campaign saw Rafinha return to Barcelona as a stronger player, and there is no question that he has the talent to thrive in the Premier League.

It would be some coup if Everton could beat the likes of Inter Milan to the midfielder’s signature this month.