Manchester United are offered a Barcelona star in two swap deals for Old Trafford strugglers,
Barcelona have offered Manchester United the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho in swap deals for either Anthony Martial or Edinson Cavani, according to a report.
Barcelona’s transfer focus has switched from big-money signings to swap or loan deals following their massive financial struggles in recent seasons. Nevertheless, they still have interest in some of Europe’s top players.
According to Sport, Barcelona’s main focus is on signing a striker in the January transfer window. As such, club executive Mateu Alemany and CEO Ferran Reverter travelled to Manchester last week.
While they talked to City counterparts about a deal for Ferran Torres, they did not miss the opportunity to assess a potential raid on United. Indeed, Martial and Cavani were in the pair’s sights in the discussions.
Sport reports that Barcelona offered former Liverpool midfielder Coutinho to the Red Devils in separate swap deals for the pair. He is the club’s ‘wildcard’ option for transfers in their new approach. However, they received a frank ‘no’ from United officials.
New Red Devils interim manager Ralf Rangnick and his club want to keep Martial and Cavani, despite their struggles for match action this season.
Martial has only played nine games this term, most of them substitute outings. He is back fit following a knee injury last campaign, but he has not carved a way into the side.
Cavani, meanwhile, featured up top alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s change of system before he got sacked. However, the Uruguayan has also suffered from injury.
As for Coutinho’s future at Barcelona, the 29-year-old’s contract runs out in 2023 and he has failed to fully impress after his mega-money move from Liverpool in 2018.
As such, Barca are looking to move him on for a predictable loss. Still, any departure which brings in funds would be welcome amid their financial struggles.