Rafael in talks over United departure

Date published: Tuesday 14th July 2015 2:05

Rafael did not start a Premier League game for United after October last season and was omitted from United’s 26-man squad that travelled to Seattle for the club’s US tour.

The arrival of Matteo Darmian from Torini decreases Rafael’s first-team chances further, and the 25-year-old’s agent has revealed talks are ongoing over a summer transfer.

“His contract expires in June 2016 and the coach, Van Gaal, said he isn’t counting on him, so the player wants to leave and we are talking with more than one club about this,” Cassiano Pereira told Tuttomercatoweb.

“Roma would be a more than welcome destination. We would be more than happy to talk to the capital club. Italy would be a great opportunity, particularly as he has a Portuguese passport.”

Asked whether he would also consider a move to Fiorentina, Pereira said: “Definitely. As I said before, we are in contact with several clubs, but I can’t reveal them.

“If Fiorentina call us, we’ll be very happy to talk. The player is very interested in playing in Italy.”

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