Tottenham are in pole position to sign Barcelona star Rafinha after Inter Milan decided not to sign the midfielder permanently, according to reports in Italy.
The 25-year-old, who is the brother of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Inter Milan, who reportedly have an option to sign him permanently for €35 million (£30.8m).
However, it is believed Inter have not taken up the option to buy.
During his short time at Inter, Rafinha made 16 appearances and scored two goals as the Italian giants qualified for next season’s Champions League.
And according to FCInterNews, Tottenham are now in pole position to sign the Brazil international.
However, Spurs will apparently face competition from West Ham United, who are likely to be able to offer Rafinha guaranteed first-team football.
The Brazilian can play in central midfield and further forward, a degree of versatility Mauricio Pochettino will surely appreciate.
With that in mind, he’d be the ideal replacement for Mousa Dembele – the Belgian is expected to leave Tottenham in the comings weeks.