Real Betis are close to reaching an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of Rafinha Alcantara, according to Goal.
The Brazil international has been linked to a loan to the Seville side for weeks and looks set to move before the transfer window closes.
The Andalusian club want to sign the midfielder on a season-long loan move from the Catalan club but the Spanish champions want to make sure there’s an obligation to buy at the end of the season in the deal.
Betis would rather have the option to send him back, however, and are set to get their way after a meeting on Thursday.
Rafinha is expected to sign a new contract with Barca before leaving to join Quique Setien’s side, as the Catalans are keen to avoid him leaving on a cheap.
The 25-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan in Italy with Inter Milan, helping the Italian giants secure a return to the UEFA Champions League this season.
The San Siro outfit had an option to sign him for around €40million but failed to come up with the money and couldn’t get him to resign with the club on loan. Rafinha joined Barcelona in 2006 and rose through the youth system to make his debut in 2011, going on loan to Celta two years later.
The La Masia academy product made his 80th appearance for the Camp Nou outfit when he started in the 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Supercopa de Espana, but did not feature in their opening two La Liga games of the season.