Rafael negotiations begin in Brazil but he won’t be going anywhere

by Sam Peoples

Brazilian side Corinthians are interested in signing Rafael next summer claim reports from Brazil and negotiations have already begun according to Lancenet.

The 23-year-old is reportedly seen as a direct replacement for Corinthians’ retiring right back Alessandro Mori Nunes with the club looking to move his understudy Edenilson into a permanent central midfield role.

Dream on, Corinthians.

Rafael won’t be leaving Old Trafford any time soon. The Brazilian has been at the club since he was at 18 and has always been seen as the long term replacement for Gary Neville, a role he blossomed into last season.

He was one of our most improved players in the 2012/13 Premier League and he would have likely played every game this year if not for an unfortunate hamstring injury he sustained against Wigan in the Community Shield.

The Brazilian has been on a steady upward curve ever since he joined in 2008 and could easily replace Dani Alves in Brazil’s national team in the future. United have nurtured him from a rough diamond into a right-back who is becoming more polished with every performance.

As well as Rafael, Fabio has returned to Old Trafford this year a much improved player and has put in some impressive performances already this season, especially when he stepped in at right-back to replace his brother against Crystal Palace.

In the future, United could have another pair of marauding brothers occupying both full back spots in Rafael and Fabio. There is no reason why the club would ever consider selling Rafael.

The only thing that could take Rafael back to Brazil is his desire to play back in his home country and with the Brazilian league on the rise, that is a possibility but not right now. He has worked hard to claim the right-back spot as his own and is happy in Manchester with his family.