Barcelona signs emerging talent Rafinha until 2014

Barcelona has reached an agreement to sign emerging talent

Rafinha, the brother of first-team player Thiago Alcantara, until


The 18-year-old Rafinha, whose full name is Rafael Alcantara,

remains with the Spanish champions until the close of the 2013-14

season following reports that clubs across Europe, including Real

Madrid, were monitoring his progress.

Barcelona says Rafinha’s buy-out clause will be ?12 million ($16

million) until the close of the 2012-13 season, when it will rise

to ?30 million ($40 million).

Brazilian-born Rafinha debuted with the senior team in a 1-0

Copa del Rey victory at Hospitalet earlier this month after only

recently being promoted to Barcelona B from the youth ranks.