According to a report from Spanish media outlet Sport (Monday September 14th, page 4), West Ham, Arsenal and Everton all want to sign Barcelona ace Rafinha this summer.
Every Hammers fan knows that David Moyes must strengthen his defensive ranks at the London Stadium this summer. Signing a new right-back, left-back and centre-back should be the Scot’s priority.
In truth, we really need another established centre-forward as well.
West Ham have already recouped £25 million plus from the sales of Grady Diangana, Albian Ajeti and Jordan Hugill.
So if we manage to sell two more players for around £25 million combined, that should mean that we have roughly £50 million to spend.
Sports claims that the Hammers are keen to sign Barcelona ace Rafinha and could face competition from Arsenal and Everton for his signature. But considering out tight budget, we should just let the Gunners and the Toffees have a free run at the Brazilian.
Also, let’s have it right. West Ham don’t stand a chance of signing the Barcelona star if the Gunners and the Toffees are in the race as well. We are just not an appealing prospect for top players at the moment.
Moyes’s priorities should lie elsewhere
We quite simply don’t need the Barca ace, in spite of his undoubted talent.
Sport reckons he could be up for grabs for around €16 million (£15 million). And whilst that fee would represent decent value for Rafinha, we already have the likes of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals who are very similar in style to the Barcelona man.
Arsenal and Everton are two clubs where Rafinha could thrive.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and Toffees chief Carlo Ancelotti could really do with a technically gifted midfielder like the 27-year-old.
That’s not to say that the South American wouldn’t be a useful addition to David Moyes’s squad. But we are quite simply more in need of additions in other positions.
And the West Ham fans will suffer missing out on Rafinha as long as Moyes sufficiently strengthens his defensive and centre-forward ranks at the London Stadium.