Barcelona ‘identify Marcus Rashford as summer target’

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Barcelona ‘identify Marcus Rashford as summer target’

Barcelona have reportedly identified Marcus Rashford as a summer target and will join Real Madrid in the race to sign the Manchester United striker.
The England international has thrived since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford two months ago, playing a direct part in eight goals in 12 matches.

Rashford was linked with a move to Madrid earlier this season, but more recent reports have indicated that the 21-year-old is to sign a bumper new contract at Old Trafford.

According to Mundo Deportivo, however, the Red Devils’ hopes of tying him down could become a little more difficult as Barcelona have shown an interest.

The Spanish champions are said to be huge fans of Rashford, though they fear that United will not sell for anything less than €100m (£86m) as he has no release clause in his contract.

Should the United academy product fail to agree fresh terms, though, he will have just a year to run on his existing deal and Barcelona may be able to negotiate a better price.

Barca are also believed to be in the running to sign Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez as they seek a replacement for the ageing Luis Suarez.