Aston Villa should use some of the cash gained from Jack Grealish’s record-breaking sale to prise Rafinha away from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Get French Football News’ Adam White.
Villa saw talisman and captain Grealish depart the club in favour of a move to Manchester City last week, with the Premier League title holders forking out a British record £100million.
Boss Dean Smith has already been busy in the transfer market, with Emiliano Buendia’s arrival from Norwich City costing a club record fee while Danny Ings and Leon Bailey have also strengthened Villa’s attacking options.
Should Aston Villa sign Rafinha?
However, French football expert White believes Smith should bolster his midfield by welcoming Rafinha to Villa Park.
The 28-year-old, who won gold at the Tokyo Olympics with Brazil and has won 14 trophies at domestic level, made 34 appearances last season but will see his involvement limited by the summer arrival of ex-Liverpool central midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum at PSG.
According to reports in Spain, Villa are interested in luring Rafinha away from the French capital. The report also reveals Italian sides Lazio and AC Milan are interested, but White has urged Smith to make his move.
He told Football FanCast: “I think he has already been pushed quite significantly towards the exit at PSG and he would be a good signing for Villa.
“The Premier League is a little bit of a step up and he wouldn’t be playing in such a dominant team, so that’s perhaps something that Villa fans will need to think about. PSG would be keen to sell.”