Liverpool and Spurs are set to go head to head this summer over Genoa right back Rafinha. He has attracted interest from both clubs and may be simply come down to who can offer Genoa the most amount of money, given the fact this is his first season in Serie A.
Rafinha doesn’t seem to have a personal preference over Liverpool or Spurs as he has encouraged both teams to chase him. “Of course I’d love to play in England so I’m glad to hear about Tottenham showing an interest in me,” said the 25-year-old told The Independent. “I watch Tottenham’s games and they look like a great team, they also have two Brazilian players there already. It would be a pleasure for me to play there”.
Rafinha continued; “I had an offer from Liverpool a year ago but Schalke asked for too much money, the value was set too high and negotiations came to an end”.
He continued: “Again, I was very glad to know my performances had brought interest from a famous team like Liverpool. Now Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are talking about me and this makes me very happy. I have to work hard and who knows, in the future maybe I will be playing in the Premier League, a competition I love and I follow.
The player has played 23 games for Genoa and has played one game for the Brazilian national side, although he played eight games for the Brazil team that finished third in the 2008 Olympics. His current contract with Genoa runs until 2014 and given the length of this contract an offer of at least £10 million possibly rising to £15 million would be required to prise the Brazilian away.
He would be an exciting prospect in the Premier League, with good athleticism, he is similar to most Brazilian fullbacks, getting forward whenever possible. If Spurs are serious about Rafinha, this could spell the end of either Corluka or Hutton Tottenham Career. Meanwhile Glen Johnson could end up a permanent fixture at left back and Martin Kelly could cover at right back or his favoured position at centre back.
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