Inter confident of signing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, says club chief Ausilio

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The 24-year-old has been linked with the Nerazzurri and their sporting director is hopeful a deal can be done before the end of the transfer window

Inter are confident of signing Rafinha from Barcelona but the Serie A club's sporting director Piero Ausilio insists they need time to complete a potential deal. 

The Nerazzurri bolstered their ranks with the loan signing of centre-back Lisandro Lopez from Benfica on Monday.

There has been speculation that Rafinha could be next through the door at San Siro. The midfielder has not played this season, having been kept on the sidelines by a knee injury.

Barca reportedly rejected a €20million offer from Inter but sporting director Ausilio remains hopeful that a deal can be struck.

"We're always confident when we work," Ausilio told Sky. "We need time to do it though."

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Ramires Jiangsu Suning

Inter have also been linked with former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, the Brazilian who now plays for Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.

But on those reports, Ausilio said: "As for Ramires, he's a Jiangsu Suning player and they'll decide what to do with him. We're working on other things."