Marca: Valencia put their pursuit of Rafinha on hold
- The Brazilian continues to be linked with a move to Valencia.
- However, Los Che won't be completing the deal right now.
- They are focusing on other targets right now.
- Rafinha remains the preferred option of coach Marcelino who sees him as ideal Parejo replacement.
Los Che have reportedly cooled their interest in the midfielder as they search for other options on the transfer market.
The Brazilian remains on Valencia's list, as their boss Marcelino is a big fan of Rafinha and believes that he can be perfect Dani Parejo replacement.
This means that Los Che don't rule out a move for the 26-year-old but they want to address other squad problems fist as Valencia are on the lookout for a back-up centre-back and striker.
According to Barcelona-based Diario Sport, Rafinha wanted Barcelona to agree his exit before Saturday, July 20, the day Barca's squad left for their Asia tour. However, it was not to be and the Brazilian has travelled to Japan with the rest of the squad.
Reportedly, Barcelona still insist on Los Che paying €15m for the Brazilian. The Copa del Rey winners, however, have offered the sum to be paid over three years. Moreover, Valencia insist on a clause which would see them pay a smaller amount in case Rafa is unavailable through injury.
The Catalans allegedly rejected the offer and want a fixed amount of €10m and €5m in variables. Nonetheless, Blaugrana is set to sell the player this summer already. Considering that Rafa has only one more year left of contract, he could end up leaving for free next summer, with the club unwilling to offer him a new deal. Reportedly, Ernesto Valverde doesn't count on the player.
As for the Brazil international, he is said to be willing to join Marcelino's team. Considering that Valencia qualified for Champions League football in the upcoming season, it would be a good destination for Rafinha to continue his career, after struggling with a serious injury last season.
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