Barcelona interested in Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford is someone Barcelona are keeping an eye on even though he is unlikely to move.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as Manchester United manager has brought the best out of a number of attacking players such as Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba with his proactive approach seemingly being preferred by them over Jose Mourinho’s reactive defensive mindset. Barcelona’s search for a new striker is widespread so it’s understandable that Marcus Rashford’s recent return to form has got them interested — six goals and three assists in 12 matches.

Mundo Deportivo are reporting that he is a potential target for the Catalans, although the club acknowledges that it would be hard to pry him away from Manchester United especially with no release clause, so a large transfer fee, potentially over €100 million, would be required.

Young English players are always overvalued due to the “homegrown” player squad requirements for Premier League teams and the Premier League TV rights deal which ensures they have large sums of money to spend on wages and transfer fees. However, he is still a top talent and he could work well at Barca. Rashford is versatile in that he has excellent off-the-ball movement, especially when making runs in behind with his sharp acceleration, while also being capable of linking up in tight spaces.

Mourinho played him mainly as a left-winger and occasionally as a right-winger during his tenure at Manchester United so he has experience in those roles, although he is much better centrally. This flexibility could come in useful in accommodating where Lionel Messi plays whether that be pre-match or an in-game change because he sometimes moves into a central position. Ousmane Dembele is capable of playing on either wing so Rashford could move to the left in this hypothetical scenario.

Unfortunately for Rashford, there are other options such as Nicolas Pepe and Maxi Gomez who will be much cheaper than him so that is likely to rule him out as a main target for the club in the summer.