Barcelona to let go of a former PL star for a current one

Barcelona might well pull off an incredible transfer strategy if they can bring in all their targets which include a talented youngster from the Premier League.

Barcelona are interested in the Manchetser United academy graduate, Marcus Rashford. The Spanish gaints have been admirers of the young Englishman. But they are aware that the Mancunians would not be willing to sell one of their own. So, the Catalans are looking to entice the English side into parting with their superstar by offering one of their own in exchange.

Coutinho to make way

Apparently, Barcelona are willing to let go of Phillippe Coutinho in exchange for Marcus Rashford. Coutinho has been linked with a move to Old Trafford after failing to fit in. The Brazilian was initially purchased to take over the midfield mantel from the outgoing Iniesta. But a string of below-par performances and the emergence of Arthur has seen him move back to the wings. With Messi on the other wing drifting centrally as well, the La Liga champions look unbalanced.

Philippe Coutinho has been far from his magical self in a Barcelona jersey.
Photo: The Independent

In light of all the issues surrounding Coutinho, Mundo Deportivo is reporting about a possible swap deal. Barcelona are also willing to offer cash along with the No.7 in a bid to prize Rashford out of Manchester.

The Plan B

There is every chance that Coutinho, out of respect for his former employers, Liverpool, might not want to join Manchester United. And there is also some suggestion that the 26-year-old might be keen to stay and fight for his place. In that case, the Blaugrana might offer Malcom in his place. The Frenchman has found minutes tough to come by at the Camp Nou since joining from Bordeaux. He might be deemed as surplus to requirements after a season. Barcelona hope that the Red Devils’defeciencies on the wing might prompt them into negotiating a deal for Malcom and give up Rashford in the process.

Photo: talkSPORT

Author’s Take

Surely Manchester United would want to keep Marcus Rashford. After all the talk about giving a chance to their youth by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it would be a punch in the gut to ship him off. But considering how bad the club has operated in recent years, a marketable name and a chunk of cash might well tempt them to let go of Marcus Rashford. United fans would certainly be twitching if the rumours fail to fade off.

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