Barcelona to send Rafinha to Celta Vigo
Barcelona reached an agreement on Monday to send midfielder
Rafinha to Celta Vigo for one season.
The 20-year-old Brazilian has come up through Barcelona’s youth
ranks since he was 13.
Rafinha holds dual nationality and has played for Spain in the
under-16, U17 and U19 levels. But last year he switched to Brazil,
where he played in its under-20 team at the 2013 South American
Youth Championship in Argentina.
The attacking midfielder made his debut with Barcelona’s senior
team in November 2011, coming on for Cesc Fabregas.
Rafinha extended his contract with Barcelona until 2016 in June,
just before being sent to Celta on loan.
Rafinha’s older brother, midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who also
came up through Barcelona’s youth ranks, moved from the Spanish
champions to Bayern Munich on Sunday to be reunited with coach Pep
Bayern agreed to pay 25 million euros ($32.75 million) for the
22-year-old Thiago, a son of Mazinho, who was a member of Brazil’s
1994 World Cup champions.
Thiago helped Spain’s under-21 team win the European
championship last month, scoring a hat trick in the final against
Italy. He was born in Italy to Brazilian parents and debuted for
Barcelona’s first team in 2008.