Manchester United has proposed a bizarre swap deal with Barcelona in an attempt to resolve the situation surrounding Jadon Sancho.
Sancho has been frozen out of the United squad by manager Erik ten Hag after being deemed to have a poor attitude. He has not played for the club since November, and he has also not been paid his wages.
The former United captain, Nemanja Matic, has revealed that a commission was set up during his tenure to monitor player behavior. This was due to the frequent tardiness of some players at training, with Paul Pogba and Sancho being two of the most common offenders, according to Matic.
Ten Hag’s patience with Sancho seems to have run out, and he has asked the club to sell him. However, the main obstacle to this process is the high price that United paid for the talented English winger, which is a considerable €85 million.
A bizarre swap deal
In an attempt to solve this situation, United has proposed a swap deal with Barcelona. In this proposal, United would offer Sancho, while Barcelona would put Raphinha on the table, according to Sport.
It is crucial to note that in this negotiation, the opinion of Deco, Barcelona’s sporting director and former agent of Raphinha, will play a fundamental role. Raphinha had a first year at Barcelona marked by ups and downs in his performance, and an injury in the current season delayed his return to the starting lineup. However, the club hopes that he will regain his best form and contribute his talent to the team.
A difficult deal to conclude
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona will be interested in this swap deal. The Catalan club has already spent a lot of money to reinforce its squad this summer, and it may be reluctant to pay a high price again for a player. Additionally, Raphinha is a player who is appreciated by Xavi, Barcelona’s new coach. It is therefore possible that the Catalan club would prefer to keep the Brazilian player.
In any case, United’s proposal is certainly bizarre. If it were to go through, it would be a major coup in the world of football.