More reports from Spain now claim that Barcelona are paying attention to Marcus Rashford’s situation at Manchester United and are considering him as a replacement for Sergio Aguero.
Sergio Aguero announced his retirement in a press conference on Wednesday at the Camp Nou after missing a month of action due to heart related issues.
The striker clutched his chest after challenging for a ball with Deportivo Alaves defender Victor Laguardia back in October and had to be led out of the pitch.
Further testing showed that Aguero has heart arrhythmia and after some more weeks of monitoring, the Argentine was advised to call it quits on his stellar professional career.
Barcelona, who he featured for only four times, is now left without a striker. The Spanish giants were already in the market for a back up striker but the latest developments now mean that they are stepping up their search for a replacement for Aguero.
Mundo Deportivo reports that Marcus Rashford is the new name on Barcelona’s list. He joins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Edinson Cavani, Timo Werner, Ferran Torres among others as potential transfer targets for January.
Rashford agreed to Barcelona move in 2018
According to a 2020 report by Mundo Deportivo, Marcus Rashford spoke to Barcelona who were at the time looking for a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez back in 2018.
The striker, 20 at the time, had agreed to the deal but later pulled out due to fears of fitting in with Barcelona’s super star-studded team at the time.
Barcelona reportedly did not stop monitoring the England international but never made a concrete move for him. With Aguero gone, his name has been pushed up the potential transfer options list by President Joan Laporta.
Rashford has a little over 18 months on his current contract and has, in the past, talked about joining the Catalan club if the opportunity arises.
Arsenal told to stay away from Anthony Martial
Elsewhere, Arsenal have been warned by former Aston Villa captain Gabriel Agbonlahor to stay away from wantaway Manchester United striker, Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman has struggled for game-time at Manchester United for two seasons and is no longer looking to convince anyone at the club about his qualities, choosing instead to try his luck elsewhere.
Many clubs are interested in the 26-year-old including Atlético de Madrid and Arsenal, but the Gunners have been specifically warned by Agbonlahor to steer clear of Martial as he would present another Nicolas Pepe-like problem for them.
“There’s something about Martial that I don’t really like,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“He turns up for one game but then misses three games. You could have another Pepe on your hands, I’d stay away from that if I was Arsenal.
“He’d probably be sulking if he went to Arsenal after being at Man United. I just don’t see that one happening.”