Paris Saint-Germain are seeking to sign Rafinha from Barcelona before the transfer window shuts, Goal can confirm.
The speed of negotiations have picked up over the course of recent hours and discussions are presently underway between the two clubs.
The terms of the deal promise to be a particular stumbling block, and while everything remains on the table, there is little time left in the window for a deal to be thrashed out.
Sources in the Catalan and Brazilian press confirm that the player is very interested in going to the Champions League runners-up, with his deal with Barca up in June 2021.
The 27-year-old has been at the Camp Nou side since his teenage years, having joined them in 2006 but has never been able to firmly establish himself as a first-team force due to a succession of injury issues. Indeed, when he played 24 matches in the Primera Division in 2014-15, it was the most he ever managed.
At the beginning of the following season, he suffered a serious knee injury away from home against Roma in a 1-1 draw and missed the remainder of the campaign, and though he returned the following campaign to score six times in 18 La Liga matches, more knee trouble meant an extended period on the sidelines. His career at Barca has not recovered since.
Instead, he has spent much of the last two years away on loan, first at Inter in Serie A then at Celta Vigo, where he also spent the duration of the 2013-14 season. Last term in Vigo, he managed 29 Primera Division appearances and returned four goals.
In total, he played 30 times for Celta – the most matches he had played since his breakthrough year with Barca.