Barcelona may be facing a battle to hold onto their Spanish Under 21 midfield starlet, Thiago Alcantara, who is coveted by Manchester United.
But if Thiago does decide to ditch the Spanish champions for their English counterparts, Manchester United, in search of more game time, Barca will still retain some of the Alcantara magic.
On Thursday, the Blaugrana announced that they had extended the contract of Thaigo’s younger brother, Rafael, known as ‘Rafinha.’
"FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Rafael Alcantara, Rafinha, to extend the player's contract through June 30 of 2016,” the club said in a statement on their official website.
“Rafinha’s current contract was due to expire on June 30 of 2014. The player’s buy-out clause will be set at 30 million euros.”
20-year-old Rafinha,is yet to feature for the Barca first-team.
The attacking midfielder is a star of the Barca B squad however, and could make his step up to the big leagues soon.
He scored 10 goals from 36 appearances for Barca B last season, to convince the Blaugrana of his long-term value to their cause.
The Alcantara brothers are natural football royalty, sons of World Cup winner Mazinho, and Barca would dearly love to retain the services of both gifted midfielders indefinitely.