Liverpool keen on Barcelona star: Buy-back deal could be on offer in January

LIVERPOOL are reportedly among five clubs interested in Barcelona ace Rafinha.

The Brazil international has spent his entire career on the books at the Nou Camp having joined the La Liga giants with his brother, Thiago, as a kid.

And since making his first-team debut in 2011 he’s racked up 81 appearances, scoring 11 goals in the process.

Rafinha’s currently working his way back from a knee injury and chances are likely to be hard to come by under Ernesto Valverde once he returns to full fitness.

With a World Cup on the horizon, reports suggest the 24-year-old could look to leave Barcelona in search of more opportunities.

Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona are aware of Rafinha’s potential but that they would not have stopped him moving this summer.

His current injury woes proved a barrier to a deal materialising though and that means a January switch may happen.

However, Barcelona are unwilling to let Rafinha go on the cheap, with his contract tying him down until 2020 and a cluster of teams keen on him.

Mundo Deportivo say Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham have all showed interest in getting him on-board this year.

AC Milan and Inter Milan, likewise, have the attacking midfielder on their radar.

Barcelona’s awareness of the talent Rafinha possesses could apparently see them agree a buy-back deal for him.

That would allow them to receive a fee up front while having the right to take him back to Spain if he develops as expected.

Such a situation unfolded with Gerard Deulofeu this summer, with the winger re-joining Barca from Everton off the back of an impressive loan spell with Milan.