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Transfer Rater: Rafinha in Coutinho deal


Barcelona's Rafinha set for longer spell out after further surgery on knee

ESPN FC's Barcelona correspondent Samuel Marsden checks in from the Camp Nou after the club decided to play behind closed doors amid political tension in Catalonia.

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha's return to action has been further delayed after he was forced to undergo a second operation over the weekend.

Rafinha, 24, has been out of action since April when he damaged the meniscus in his right knee in Barca's La Liga win against Granada.

After undergoing a successful operation at the time, the Brazil international was expected to be back within five months.

However, concerns had grown in recent weeks after he was unable to return to training as planned in September...

 By Ben Gladwell

AC Milan general manager cools links with Barcelona's Rafinha

AC Milan general manager Marco Fassone has played down speculation linking his club with a move for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, saying their spending this summer is over unless somebody leaves.

There were reports in Spain and Italy on Thursday that Rafinha, 24, was set to become Milan's 12th signing this summer, but Fassone said: "We're being linked with some really good players, but there's not been any contact with Barcelona for him.

"With the arrival of [Nikola] Kalinic, we're pretty much complete....

Arda Turan, Rafinha lead list of players likely to leave Barcelona this summer

Naturally, all the focus is on whom Barcelona will sign this summer, but before they can strengthen their squad, they will need to rid themselves of some players first. Not just to make room for any potential incoming players, mind you, but to make some money, add to what is set to be a reduced transfer budget and to free up space on the wage bill: A recent report revealed they have the highest wage bill in European football.

Last summer's signings Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer, Denis Suarez...

Transfer Rater: Rafinha to Liverpool in Barcelona swap for Philippe Coutinho

The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Denis Suarez to Tottenham Hotspur

Denis Suarez's lack of playing time at Barcelona this season has alerted a number of clubs around Europe to his potential...

Man City, Chelsea battle for Walker; Juventus weighing move for Rafinha

The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

Chelsea and City to fight it out for Walker

Chelsea have emerged as the main competition for Manchester City to sign Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker, according to the Mirror.

The Premier League winners have offered to double the England international's wages to around £140,000-per-week.

Spurs will demand £40...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Rafinha has no interest in leaving Barcelona despite report - father

Rafinha in action for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.
Rafinha's father has refuted a report the midfielder wants out at Barcelona.

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has no interest in leaving the Camp Nou this summer, despite recent reports suggesting he's sizing up a move away, says the player's father.

Mundo Deportivo reported on Thursday the Brazil international had intentions of joining another club in order to improve his chances of a World Cup place next season, with Premier League teams and Brazilian side Flamengo tipped as possible destinations.