Manchester United face battle to keep Rashford from Barcelona

Barcelona are interested in signing Marcus Rashford from Manchester United, according to Marca.

The Catalan side are said to be monitoring replacements for ageing forward Luis Suarez.

What’s the word?

The aforementioned report claims that Barca want to secure back-up to Suarez, who will turn 33 next year.

A move for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has been shelved, however, and Barca are scouting other targets, with Rashford on a shortlist including Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

It is not mentioned how much Barca would be willing to pay for the England international, though Transfermarkt value the 21-year-old at £72million.

Indeed, Rashford has been an explosive presence in United’s team since his first-team breakthrough, scoring 45 goals and laying on 26 assists in 163 outings.

He has also won 31 caps for England already and was a member of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

No price is good enough

Rashford is the undisputed jewel in United’s crown.

Some would argue that Paul Pogba is more valuable monetarily and that may well be true but in terms of his contribution and the adoration for him among fans, no other player comes anywhere close to Rashford.

It makes sense, then, that Barcelona are interested. Rashford is, after all, a gifted forward player, capable of playing anywhere across a front three, and versatility is an asset highly prized at the Camp Nou.

But there is simply no way that United could replace him.

Rashford has been at the club since he was seven, and will surely want to help his boyhood side return to the top of the Premier League table one day.

If that is to happen, United simply must ensure he stays for a few more years yet, and keeping him this summer now takes top priority over the future of the inconsistent Pogba.