Manchester United report: Marcus Rashford has already agreed Barcelona deal, with United considering exit

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United reacts after being shown a red card during the UEFA Champions League match between F.C. Copenhagen and Manchester United at Parken Stadium on November 08, 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford could be sold to Barcelona, having already agreed once to move to Catalonia.

The Red Devils lost to Newcastle United on Saturday, with pundits and critics pulling no punches over the state of the club. Former club captain Gary Neville said in the aftermath that he was "tired" of his own club, while Sky Sports colleagues Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher criticised Rashford personally, suggesting he could have done more in the defeat.

With manager Erik ten Hag coming under further scrutiny, the future of several players is up for debate, with Rashford one of the more high-profile underperformers. 

Erik ten Hag the manager of Manchester United arrives for the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on December 02, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag's job is under threat (Image credit: Getty Images)

According to CaughtOffside, a deal could be brokered to send the England international to Barcelona, in return for former Leeds United man, Raphinha.

Barça could be encouraged by the thought of bringing Rashford in, too, since according to Mundo DeportivoRashford agreed a deal with Barcelona once before, in 2018. 

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Plenty has changed since then: not least a new contract signed by Rashford over the summer to keep him at Old Trafford until 2028. With David De Gea now gone, it's believed that the 26-year-old is United's highest earner.

This would be a sticking point for Barcelona, given their financial issues. And while Raphinha would represent an upgrade on the out-of-form Antony on the right wing, manager Ten Hag would likely prefer to broker a move for long-term target Frenkie De Jong, after coveting his countryman since arriving in England. 

Barcelona manager Xavi looks on during the UEFA Europa League knockout round play-off first leg match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Camp Nou on 16 February, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona would likely want Rashford – but could they afford him? (Image credit: Oscar J. Barroso/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Spanish outlet SPORT have previously confirmed Blaugrana boss Xavi to be a fan of the forward.

Rashford is valued at around £75 million by Transfermarkt

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Griezmann. Meanwhile, a former Barcelona defender could potentially be on his way to Old Trafford.

Almost half a year after leaving Manchester United as a free agent, David de Gea could be close to sealing a move to a new club. Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag has defended his training methods as the injuries pile up – with Mason Mount the latest player set for a spell on the sidelines.

Is Raphael Varane poised to leave Old Trafford? The defender's relationship with Ten Hag appears to have become strained. And a bargain deal for a Serie A striker might also be in the offing.

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