Barcelona identify Manchester United star as Messi's 'perfect' partner
Barcelona identify Manchester United star as Messi's 'perfect' partner
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Barcelona identify Manchester United star as Messi's 'perfect' partner

Barcelona have turned their attention to Manchester United star Marcus Rashford as they set on a major overhaul at the club. 

The Laliga defending champions had a decent season last term, but are said to be keen on replacing dead wood within the team, as they rebuild to challenge more in Europe.

They are said to be willing to let up to nine players to leave, including key players in Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Ractic and Samuel Umtiti. 

They have already signed Frank De Jong from Ajax, and are expected to add to that list in the coming days. 

According to Sport, Coach Ernesto Valverde is said to be a key admirer of the England forward, who has become a key member of the Old Trafford side under coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Rashsford's attributes and style of play are said to have interested Barcelona officials, who want him to replace the ageing Luis Suarez

The 21-year-old's contract at United expires in 2020, and with discussions over an extension having stalled in recent months, he might be open to a move. 

He is however regarded highly at Old Trafford, and any move by the Spanish giants is expected to be met with resistance. 

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