Barcelona and Man Utd preparing major player swap

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12 October at 10:00
Manchester United are preparing to offer Anthony Martial to Barcelona in exchange for midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to Diario Gol .

United boss Jose Mourinho has been tracking Barca player Sergi Roberto, but news that 30-year-old Rakitic could be available next summer has caught the Portuguese's attention. Mourinho is said to be a fan of the Croatia star and believes the 30-year-old's experience could be a good addition to his side.

With Barcelona still showing an interest in Martial, the Red Devils could tempt the Catalans into a swap. The Frenchman has been the subject of intense rumors leading to January’s transfer window. Arsenal are reported to have had an initial offer rejected by Old Trafford.

The emergence of Marcus Rashford combined with the signing of Romelu Lukaku and imminent return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic have made Martial expendable in Mourinho’s eyes. The allure of Rakatic may just be enough to push the Frenchman out.


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