Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara was one of the most coveted midfielders over the recent summer transfer window. As he aspired to depart from FC Bayern Munich following the team’s triumph in last season’s UEFA Champions League competition, clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain were linked with the midfielder in hopes of signing him away from the Bundesliga champions. But in the end, Thiago chose Liverpool and signed with them on a permanent transfer deal.
“I spoke to Leonardo a long time ago, but it was to discuss the Thiago file,” Mazinho said. “Leonardo wanted him at PSG. But Thiago had already agreed with Liverpool.”
Mazinho decided to instead take the opportunity to offer his other son, Rafinha, to PSG. Rafinha was not in FC Barcelona’s plans, so he needed to find a new club. Mazinho detailed on how PSG elected to sign Rafinha over the final days of the recent summer transfer window.
“So we talked about Rafa but he was not in his plans at the time,” Mazinho said. “I imagine he thought about it, that he realized the opportunity he represented and that it was worth it to recruit him. When I relaunched him, the penultimate day, Leonardo had changed his mind. And everything accelerated on the last day. It was Monday that it took hard work to convince the two clubs.
“We were scared but, thank God . Five or six hours before the closing, we reached an agreement.”
So far, Rafinha has certainly impressed PSG supporters thanks to his keen on-ball play in the midfield. Playing time opportunities should continue to come Rafinha’s way over the ongoing season.
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