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.