While Barcelona’s attack remains one of the strongest on paper in the world, it isn’t getting any younger.
Luis Suárez is very aware of that, and explained in an interview that sooner or later, the La Liga side will have to replace him with a younger number nine.
That led Mundo Deportivo to list five players Barcelona that fulfil the criteria required to take over from the 32-year-old Uruguayan when he decides to call it a day at the Nou Camp, which includes Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.
The interest from the Catalans in the England international isn’t new, as, every month or so, an article is published reminding everyone he’s on their shortlist, and Ángel Pérez, the writer of the piece, goes on to explain why.
He says Rashford’s ‘young age and huge technical quality to play anywhere in a big team’s attack’ is very important to Barcelona, as he’s able to be a threat through the middle or down the wings, as he demonstrated once again against Tottenham in midweek.
Furthermore, they believe his ability on the ball would make him ideal for the ‘short combination play’ that Barcelona like to put in place when they speed things up around the box.
There’s no extra information, like how much he would cost or whether the La Liga champions are planning an actual move, perhaps because they know Manchester United would just laugh it away, since he’s a key part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans going forward.
After all, it’s this trust in the 22-year-old that led to Romelu Lukaku’s exit in the summer.