Ex-Barcelona star Rafinha 'set to join Real Sociedad on loan' after falling out of favour at PSG

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Ex-Barcelona star Rafinha ‘set to join Real Sociedad on loan’ as he prepares to return to Spain one year on from his Nou Camp exit… having fallen out of favour at PSG following the arrival of Lionel Messi and co

  • Rafinha has reportedly arrived in Spain to undergo a medical with Real Sociedad
  • The PSG ace is joining Imanol Alguacil’s side on loan for the rest of the season
  • First-team opportunities have been few and far between for him in Paris this term
  • Sociedad will not have an option to buy Rafinha outright at the end of the loan 


Former Barcelona star Rafinha is reportedly on the verge of heading back to La Liga to join Real Sociedad on loan.

Rafinha, 28 and a product of Barca’s famous La Masia academy, has spent the last 14 months with PSG after ending his nine-year stay at the Nou Camp in October 2020. 

The two-cap Brazil midfielder racked up 34 appearances in his debut campaign at the Parc des Princes, only to fall out of favour this season following the arrival of Lionel Messi and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Ex-Barcelona ace Rafinha is on the verge of returning to La Liga to join Real Sociedad on loan

Ex-Barcelona ace Rafinha is on the verge of returning to La Liga to join Real Sociedad on loan

The 28-year-old midfielder is a product of Barca's famous La Masia academy system

The 28-year-old midfielder is a product of Barca’s famous La Masia academy system

Mauricio Pochettino has only afforded him five appearances in the first half of the season, meaning a January loan switch is now on the cards.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Rafinha is poised to return to Spain on loan with Sociedad next month.

The La Masia graduate will join Imanol Alguacil’s until the end of the season, albeit without an option-to-buy clause included.

He is said to have arrived back in Spain to undergo his medical on Monday, and Sociedad are expected to pay a percentage of his PSG wages once the deal is confirmed.

First-team opportunities have been few and far between for Rafinha at PSG this season

First-team opportunities have been few and far between for Rafinha at PSG this season

La Real are bolstering their squad in the winter transfer window after seeing their form deteriorate in recent weeks.

The San Sebastian outfit have lost their last four La Liga matches and are without a win in five, damaging their top-four hopes after a strong start to the campaign which saw them claim eight wins from 13 games.

Alguacil will hope Rafinha’s arrival provides a much-needed boost for his side as they look to leapfrog Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano into fourth in the second half of the season.

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