Braga midfielder Rafa Silva has been heavily linked to several Premier League clubs in the past few months, as a natural response to the great season he’s having. Several Premier League clubs have been linked with the Braga player, but it's Manchester United who the Portuguese press get most excited about, and they feel they have good reason to.
It's a decent bet that Manchester United continually scouting Braga has something to do with Rafa Silva, and that Jorge Mendes has an interest in the player has only encouraged things further. In February Portuguese newspaper A Bola said Rafa Silva was 'reserved' for Jose Mourinho, one of the many players who would reportedly turn up at Old Trafford if Mou gets the job.
Sport Witness have contacted Rafa’s representative Antônio Araújo, in order to know a bit more about the links with the Premier League. The agent was able to confirm that the 22-year-old has the desire to play in England soon.
“Our client, Rafa Silva, sees with very good eyes the possibility of playing in the Premier League," Antônio Araújo has told Sport Witness “We are working towards achieving this objective."
Rafa Silva reportedly has a €20m release clause at Braga. Despite Porto’s recent approaches for the player, the club don’t want to sell for less than that, and it would be no surprise if Braga prefer a sale outside of Portugal than within it.
Half of the midfielder’s economic rights belong to Mendes, which could be considered a complicated situation, however, the super-agent would surely make things as easy as possible for any buying club.
Turning 23 years of age this month, Rafa Silva is a full Portugal international. He's primarily a right footed wide player, on either side, but can also play through the middle as an attacking midfielder.