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Real Betis confirm Rafinha negotiations with Barcelona

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The Brazilian is close to a move

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Real Betis chairman Angel Haro has confirmed his club are in negotiations with Barcelona for midfielder Rafinha.

Haro told Mundo Deportivo “there are a lot of things to negotiate” as the two clubs try to get a deal done before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Barcelona loaned Rafinha to Inter for the second half of last season, but it seems another temporary deal is out of the question are they now want to sell.

Inter had an option to buy Rafinha for €35m plus €3m in add-ons but did not take it up, and it seems unlikely Betis will pay that much for the Brazilian.

Rafinha seems happy to leave as he wants to play regularly which looks unlikely at Barcelona this season despite a bright pre-season.

Barcelona also want to offload him to try and reduce the wage bill, and they will be hoping they can find some sort of agreement with Betis.