January 22, 2018 / 7:53 PM / in 7 months

Rafinha joins Inter on loan from Barcelona

MADRID (Reuters) - Inter Milan have signed Barcelona midfielder Rafinha on loan until the end of the season.

FILE PHOTO - Britain Football Soccer - FC Barcelona Press Conference - Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland - 22/11/16 Barcelona's Rafinha during the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic

“The Italian side can buy the player for 35 million euros plus (up to) three million more (depending on performance) before the end of the season,” Barcelona said in a statement on Monday.

The 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder returned to action last week in the King’s Cup as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat by Espanyol, having missed over nine months with a knee injury.

Rafinha came through the Barcelona youth set-up, playing on loan at Celta Vigo for a season before returning to the Nou Camp, although injury problems prevented him from earning a regular place in the side.

Inter, fourth in Serie A, will pay Rafinha’s wages for the duration of the loan deal.

Reporting by Rik Sharma, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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