Manchester United News: Rashford, Rice

New Link With Catalan Giants

Marcus Rashford Manchester United

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford could be a target for Barcelona next summer.

Reports from the Catalunyan newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim the England international is one of four potential targets for Barca as they eye up a replacement for Luis Suarez. Rashford, Harry Kane, Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Inter Milan’s Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez are all on the shortlist to eventually replace Suarez.

The Uruguayan turns 33 in January and much depends on his performances over the course of this season. If he plays badly any move will come in the summer of 2020. But with six goals in eight games in all competitions so far this campaign such a move could well deferred to the summer of 2021 if he keeps up his current strike rate – or anything like it.

Barcelona were linked with Rashford over the course of last season. However, he signed a new contract at Old Trafford this summer and his current deal with Manchester United runs to 2023.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror claims Manchester United could make a £70 million move for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.

The England international was believed to be a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer transfer window. However, Rice insisted on remaining with the Hammers and his attitude doesn’t appear to have changed.

“I signed a five year contract with West Ham last year, which will keep me at club till I’m 24, and for me this is the best place to be right now,” he said recently.

“I am playing for a manager who has given me my chance and played me week in week out.”

The key word in the Mirror report is ‘could’.