Celta Vigo in contact with Barcelona midfielder Rafinha

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is a transfer target for Celta Vigo, according to the Galician club’s sporting director.

Rafinha is yet to feature in LaLiga this season after he twice underwent knee surgery during 2017, although last month he was cleared to return to action.

Rafinha’s father, Mazinho, previously indicated the 24-year-old was not interested in leaving Barca, but the club-record signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool could push Rafinha down the Camp Nou pecking order.

Celta sporting director Felipe Minambres confirmed he is keen to take Rafinha – who played for the club on loan in the 2013-14 season – back to Balaidos.

“We are in contact with Rafinha,” Minambres said.

“There are options and we want to advance them in the coming days.”