Manchester United and Manchester City are both willing to pay Rafinha Alcantara’s €30 million release clause, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The 21-year-old has been in the spotlight recently because of a string of impressive performances on loan at Celta Vigo and Mundo Deportivo went as far as to label Rafinha ‘one of the best players this season in La Liga’.
United were first linked with Rafinha last week and now Mundo Deportivo have laid the seed for what could turn out to be another transfer saga.
Last summer, Rafinha penned a new contract with Barcelona that ties him to the club until 2016 but he has now been thrust into the limelight due to his rich vein of form. Rafinha has won man of the match twice in a run of games where Celta Vigo has secured four wins and two draws in their last seven fixtures.
Out of his 24 appearances for Celta Vigo, he has completed 90 minutes on 17 occasions and during that time has scored four and made four goals. Here is how he has performed across the season (via Squawka):
The €30 million release clause is not reflective of his value now but he is expected to grow into a world-class midfielder which is why Barcelona attached the clause into his new contract.
Rafinha, who is represented by the same agent as Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, is of course Thiago Alcantara’s younger brother. United were strongly linked with Thiago before his move to Bayern Munich and it looks like the same is going to happen with Rafinha.