Marcus Rashford reportedly agreed to sign for Barcelona in 2018 – but backed out as he feared he would not fit in at the club.
The England international ended up signing a new deal with Manchester United set to keep him at Old Trafford until 2023.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona made their transfer move for Marcus Rashford shortly after the start of the 2017/18 campaign to discuss a potential move.
Rashford only had two years left to run on his deal at United, but they were struggling to compete in the Premier League, and he is believed to have agreed on a move to the Nou Camp.
The forward left the deal in the hands of his brothers, and was ‘excited’ at the prospect of taking the next step of his career at such a big club.
Despite their interest in Rashford, Barcelona had not made him the number one target on their list.
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Behind the scenes they were still working on possible deals for Luka Jovic – who ended up joining rival club Real Madrid – with Barcelona eventually signing Griezmann.
And it seems Rashford had second thoughts too and made a u-turn on a deal as he feared he wasn’t ready for the pressures which come with joining a new club and trying to adapt to life in a different country.
Instead he stayed put with the Red devils and was able to negotiate a mega-money long-term deal at Old Trafford.
In the summer after Barcelona’s interest, he signed a new deal worth £200,000-a-week until 2023, with the option to extend by another year.