Fabrizio Romano says Liverpool did consider signing Thiago’s brother Rafinha at the transfer deadline last week. The Reds ultimately went in another direction.
This comes from Fabrizio Romano on his YouTube channel. He believes Liverpool had Rafinha on their shortlist last week as they tried to find a last-minute midfielder. Ultimately, they went with Arthur Melo, of course.
But it appears that Rafinha – Thiago’s brother – was a consideration and one the player knew about.
“Liverpool explored many possibilities,” said Romano. “I can tell you that one of the names they had on the list was Rafinha from Paris Saint-Germain. But in the end, he joined Al-Arabi, a Qatari club.
“So he decided to go for a different kind of experience but he was one of the players on the list at Liverpool. He was dreaming of the possibility of playing with his brother, Thiago Alcantara. In the end, it didn’t happen.”
Liverpool considered Thiago’s brother Rafinha
Funnily enough, we suggested this one a year ago. Rafinha was reportedly available from PSG and Liverpool could have used an extra midfielder. Especially as he wouldn’t have cost much.
One year on? It wouldn’t have been the worst deal in the world. There are little doubts that he could have fit in with the side, given his brother is already at the club. Rafinha is also a very decent player in his own right – even if he hasn’t had the career of Thiago.
But it sounds as though Liverpool just didn’t see enough in it. Arthur is a better player and likely a better addition to the squad given his fantastic skillset.
While it would have been fun to have both Alcantara brothers at the club, we do think Liverpool have found a very solid deal with Juventus. Arthur should go on to have a good impact this season – ironically, as ideal cover for Thiago.