Rafinha: I want to swap Barcelona for Inter permanently

Rafinha: I want to swap Barcelona for Inter permanently

On-loan Barcelona midfielder Rafinha wants to stay at Inter and is hoping the Nerazzurri make a move to keep him there on a permanent basis.

The Brazilian joined Inter during the January transfer window on a six-month loan deal and has enjoyed his time at the club so much that he wants to stay.

“I’m very happy to be here, everything is going well,” said the 25-year-old.

“I’m playing, and that’s important because it allows me to grow and find the right rhythm to reach top condition.

As part of their loan agreement, Inter can make the deal for Rafinha permanent this summer for a fee of €35 million (around £30m).

Whether the Milan club would be prepared to part with that kind of money remains to be seen but if they can secure a Champions League place they may be persuaded to do so.

Inter are currently in fifth just outside the Champions League places but only trailing both Roma and Lazio, the sides directly above them, by one point.

If they make the top four then activating the clause in the loan contract might make sense, Rafinha is certainly hoping it happens.

“I’ve been confident from the first day, Inter is a great team and we have the chance to reach our objective [the Champions League],” Rafinha added.

“I’m learning Italian, I want to stay here. I wanted Inter right away, I feel at home here and I’m happy.”

Rafinha has made 10 appearances for Inter Milan grabbing an assist in the game against Bologna.

Inter Milan’s Brazilian signings

If the Nerazzurri were to make Rafinha’s deal permanent then he would join a long line of his fellow countrymen to have arrived at the Giuseppe Meazza.

Here are some of the better known Brazilians to have worn the famous blue and black shirt:

Jair – 1962-67 & 1968-72

Jair Da Coasta or just Jair as he was known to Inter fans, started his career with Sao Paolo based side Portuguesa before moving to Milan. During his two spells with the club the winger made 199 league appearances, scoring 53 times.

The lightning-paced winger won four Scudetto and two European Cups while with the Nerazzurri scoring the winner in the 1965 final against Benfica.

Julio Cesar – 2005-2012

The Brazilian ‘keeper joined Inter Milan in 2005 from Flamengo and went onto make 228 league appearances for the team.

During his prime Cesar was classed as one of the best Goalkeepers in the world, known for his athleticism and agility while also having a good reputation as a shot stopper and saver of penalties. NaijaBet

During his time in Milan Cesar won five consecutive Serie A titles between 2005-10 and was also part of the 2009-10 Champions League winning side.

Roberto Carlos – 1995-96

Roberto Carlos only played one season with the Nerazzurri but he will still be remembered as one of the most famous Brazilians ever to play for the club. Known for the power in his left foot and his free-kick ability Roberto Carlos’ time at Inter was not a great success.

Inter finished 7th that year and despite scoring a 30-yard free-kick on his debut, Roberto Carlos was unhappy with then coach Roy Hodgson wanting to play him as a left-winger rather than at left-back. He would leave at the end of the season to join Real Madrid, going on to become one of the greatest full backs of all time.

Adriano – 2001-02 & 2004-09

The powerful Brazilian striker had a mixed time with Inter. Capable of sublime brilliance, Adriano would score 48 times in 123 league appearances for the club.

After joining from Flamengo he would play just eight times for Inter before being sent on loan to Fiorentina and then to Parma as part of a co-ownership deal. He was a huge success with Gialloblu scoring 23 times in 37 league appearances.

He returned to Inter and enjoyed a prolific spell before off the field issues hampered his time at the Nerazzurri.

Ronaldo – 1997-2002

For five years, Ronaldo graced Serie A with some of the best football of the world had ever seen. The striker was fast, powerful and had one of the most devastating finishes of any striker of his time.

He won the Fifa World Player of the Year three times, in 1996, 1997 and 2002. During his spell with the Nerazzurri, Ronaldo would bag an incredible 49 goals in just 68 league appearances.

His crown as the best Brazilian to play for Inter will take some beating.

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