Barcelona news LIVE: Man Utd player-plus-cash bid plot, Liverpool create Lionel Messi plan

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Thursday, April 18

  • Barcelona are prepared to offer a player-plus-cash deal for Marcus Rashford
  • Malcom could be used to tempt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United
  • Virgil Van Dijk says Liverpool need a collective effort to stop Lionel Messi
  • Barcelona are ready to sign Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt

Marcus Rashford swap deal

Barcelona are prepared to offer an audacious player-plus-cash deal for Manchester United star Marcus Rashford.

That’s according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who claim Barcelona are desperate to sign the England international.

Rashford’s contract is set to expire in June 2020 and reports suggest the forward is hesitating over committing his future to the Old Trafford club.

Mundo Deportivo say the Catalan giants are prepared to pay £100million for the 21-year-old striker and will use winger Malcom to tempt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Liverpool to stop Lionel Messi

Virgil Van Dijk says Liverpool need a collective effort to stop Lionel Messi in their Champions League showdown with Barcelona.

Liverpool set up a semi-final date with Messi and company next month by winning 4-1 in Porto on Wednesday for a comfortable 6-1 aggregate success.

Barcelona booked their semi-final spot by beating Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate, Messi scoring twice in Tuesday’s 3-0 home win to extend his incredible goals tally to 45 in 42 games this season.

“It’s going to be very hard (to stop Messi),” Van Dijk said. “I think he’s the best player in the world but we’ll see. It’s going to be a great match-up for all of us.

“It’s about doing it all together, it’s never one-v-one, it’s never just me against a particular striker. It’s always us against everyone and I think that’s the only way we can defend well.”

Wanted: Matthijs de Ligt

Barcelona are ready to sign Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt, according to Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan.

De Ligt is attracting interest from Barcelona, with Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong having already agreed to join the La Liga side in the summer.

“We think Barcelona will be knocking on the door again next week to finish another transfer,” van der Kraan told talkSPORT.

“They like him. They like him a lot. They think he’s the new centre-half for a future Barcelona team. Juventus have already tried to get Matthijs de Ligt.”

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