According to a recent report by Mundo Deportivo (translated by the Metro), Barcelona have turned their attention to Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford to ease their goal-scoring concerns up top. The same source has claimed that the La Liga champions have dropped their interest in Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and are now concentrating on bringing Rashford to the Nou Camp as an ideal replacement for the ageing Luis Suarez.
Rashford’s Disappointing Start To This Campaign
The Red Devils frontman has struggled to find any form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tutelage at Old Trafford this season. He has often been guilty of being wasteful in the final third which has raised concerns over his long-term future at Man United.
The 21-year-old has featured in ten matches for the Mancunian outfit this term, scoring three goals while creating two assists across multiple competitions. However, Rashford’s lacklustre performances over the past few weeks have left a lot to be desired. Maybe, making a switch away from the Theatre of Dreams could help the English forward reignite his career in European football.
The Manchester-born prospect has also represented Gareth Southgate’s England national team in 34 international matches and has netted seven goals for his country thus far.
Why The English Prospect Might Not Be The Best Fit For The Catalans
Rashford is blessed with blistering pace, which enables him to make some dangerous runs behind the opposition backline. He initially made a name for himself for being a lethal finisher in front of goal. However, things have not panned out for him at Manchester this season with some critics questioning his lack of effort on the field.
The England international needs to up his standards considerably if he is to turn things around for the better at Old Trafford. He is currently not good enough to play regularly for Man United. However, Anthony Martial’s injury problems have left him with a clear path to the starting XI with Rashford only having Mason Greenwood to compete with for a place in Solskjaer’s first-team.
Should Barca Orchestrate A Move For Rashford’s Services?
Hence, he will be able to get more joy if he decided to move to the Nou Camp next summer. Rashford would be guaranteed UEFA Champions League football every year and will also have a good chance of winning the La Liga frequently if he joins the Catalans at the end of this campaign.
However, for Barca, it seems like a massive gamble as Rashford has not shown any signs of progression this season. The Spanish giants would be wise not to make an offer for the English marksman and consider looking at some of their other transfer targets to ease their goal-scoring concerns.
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