Tottenham linked with Barcelona outcast Rafinha

Barcelona youth product Rafinha has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, per The Express – who cite Football Whispers.

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The two-time Brazil international has struggled to hold down a place at the Camp Nou this season, as FC Barcelona look to clinch their 26th La Liga crown.

Eight appearances in all competitions has seen the 25-year-old linked with a possible departure, although a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee could rule the midfielder out of a January move.

The injury occurred in his side’s one-all draw away to Atletico Madrid on November 24, and Rafinha is yet to feature since.

Based on Football Whispers’ claim that he’d be a good financial and tactical fit for the North London club, The Express are suggesting the injury has not stopped Mauricio Pochettino from showing interest in the central midfielder.

They add that Barca will hold out for a fee in the region of £35million, more than double his TransferMarkt valuation.

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Part of Pochettino’s long-term plans?

Tottenham have been linked heavily with moves for a variety of deep-lying midfielders of late, as the club prepares for a future without Mousa Dembele at its core. The Belgium international’s contract is due to expire at the end of the campaign.

But if Rafinha cannot feature until deep into the season, his arrival would unlikely be a part of Pochettino’s slim title hopes after admitting: “It’s impossible to guess if we are going to have a chance to fight for the title.”

Instead, Rafinha’s arrival would lean towards long-term ambitions of competing for silverware in the subsequent years.

The Barcelona man is a well-rounded midfielder and has the quality to contribute to both defensive and attacking phases of play, although his overall ability is underpinned by the typically strong technique that accompanies La Masia products.