West Ham consider Rafinha move

According to Sport, West Ham United are considering a move for Barcelona attacker Rafinha in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Rafinha has been with Barcelona since 2006, and after progressing through the youth system, has gone on to make 79 appearances for the Spanish giants in all competitions.

The midfielder spent the 2013-14 campaign with Celta Vigo before returning to Barcelona, and went on to make 36 appearances the following season.

A long-term knee injury saw Rafinha miss the first half of last season, but he returned to action in January, and moved on loan to Inter Milan for the rest of the campaign.

According to Sport, Inter are shying away from a permanent move for the Brazilian, with the Italian outfit unprepared to pay £31m.

As a result, West Ham have reportedly joined the race, and it is understood that the Hammers have already met with Barcelona to discuss a potential move this summer.

Would Rafinha fit in at West Ham?

It would be some coup if West Ham managed to convince Rafinha, who has previously been linked with Everton, to make the move to the London Stadium in this summer’s transfer window.

He might be surplus to requirements at Barcelona, but this is a player who has scored 11 times in 79 appearances for one of the best club teams in world football.

Rafinha will not turn 26 until next February, meanwhile, and there is absolutely no question that he has the qualities to be a success in the Premier League.

The two-time Brazil international, who is valued at £25.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, only managed two goals in 17 Serie A appearances for Inter in the second half of last season.

The midfielder is still working his way back to fitness following a long-term knee injury, however, and in full flow, he could turn out to be an absolute superstar at West Ham.