One of the areas Barcelona are looking to strengthen in the summer is their attack.
On March 26th, a front page report from Mundo Deportivo explained Marcus Rashford of Manchester United is ‘on the agenda’ of the La Liga winners.
A day later, the same newspaper reported the Catalan club are aware of the Red Devils’ interest in Philippe Coutinho and this would help in the Blaugrana’s efforts.
The 21-year-old’s current deal at Old Trafford expires at the end of next season, but the Premier League outfit have an option to further extend it by a year.
Journalist Miguel Rico, writing in today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo, explains the forward’s ability to play anywhere up front, coupled with his stats and quality, makes him an attraction for the top clubs.
He further states the 20-time English champions are aware of this, including ‘interest’ from Ernesto Valverde’s side, but their idea is to hand him a new deal to make sure he ‘doesn’t fall into any temptation’.
The Mirror in England reported that Rashford is currently earning £80,000-a-week and is demanding his wages rise to £300,000-a-week to commit his future to United. He is close to signing a new deal and that could see his annual salary rise to £15.8m for the next five years.
Rico claims Manchester United’s proposal will have an impact on Barca’s interest in the player as their offer is ‘anti Barca’ and the Spanish champions will not be in a position to pay such hefty wages.
This very much feels like the Catalan media believing everything is about Barcelona, even things with likely have zero connection.