Leeds linked with summer move for Barcelona midfielder

Leeds United have lined up Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara as a summer transfer target, according to reports.

The 27-year-old recently returned from a loan spell at Celta Vigo and could now be offloaded by new manager Ronald Koeman.

He graduated from the club’s academy in 2011 but has never cemented his place in the first team.

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Leeds could now make a move for Rafinha in an attempt to improve their midfield options, according to Sport (via Talksport).

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The Catalan side have given him a valuation of around £14 million. Leeds are set to dispute this to try and sign him for a cheaper price.

The Brazilian is a creative player who can play in the centre of the park or in a more attacking role.

He would provide competition with midfielders Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez.

Leeds will be encouraged by the fact that Rafinha has never played in the Prem before and is thought to want a move to England.

Celta Vigo are also in the running to sign the player following his performances in the team last campaign.

Rafinha contributed to five goals in 32 La Liga appearances and became a regular first team starter.

However, the Spanish side has less spending power than Leeds.

Rafinha could become the latest signing in boss Marcelo Bielsa’s summer spending spree.

He’s already broken the club’s transfer record to sign Rodrigo from Valencia for £30 million.

Illan Meslier and Helder Costa have also moved to Elland Road for a combined fee of £21 million.

German defender Robin Koch joined for just less than £12 million. He replaces Brighton loanee Ben White, who recently signed a new four-year deal with the Seagulls.

Rafinha is the younger brother of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, although it hasn’t materialised just yet.

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