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Manchester United eye Sancho swap-deal with Barcelona

Manchester United are eyeing a potential swap-deal with Barcelona involving Raphinha and Jadon Sancho.

Raphinha has struggled for regular first-team football at Barcelona this season and has started just six games in La Liga, with the winger linked with an exit in January despite a desire to remain at the Camp Nou.

 

Barcelona are prepared to listen to offers for the 27-year-old next month with several Saudi Pro League sides said to be interested in a potential deal. However, Sport are reporting that Manchester United are also monitoring his situation.

Raphinha impressed during two seasons in the Premier League at Leeds United, where 17 goals and 12 assists in 64 league appearances persuaded Barcelona to spend £55m to sign him in 2022.

Manchester United are reportedly open to a deal to bring Raphinha back to English football, as Erik ten Hag looks to improve his attacking options. Antony has struggled to make an impact since his arrival from Ajax, while Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund have scored just two league goals combined this season.

According to the report, United could offer Jadon Sancho to Barcelona as part of an exchange deal, as the club look for cost-efficient methods of strengthening in the new year. Sancho has been excluded from the first-team group since September, following a public fallout with Erik ten Hag, who criticised the 23-year-old’s application in training.

Barcelona have been credited as admirers of Sancho, while Juventus are also said to be keen on a January deal.

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