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Man Utd have four swap options to offer Barcelona after Maguire denies request

Manchester United have reportedly told Barcelona that they will not include their captain Harry Maguire as part of a deal to move Frankie de Jong to Old Trafford. The Catalan made a bold approach for the England international as talks on de Jong over the weekend.

Maguire came under attack last season as he and his Red Devils team-mates struggled on the pitch as they crashed out of cup competitions in the opening round and finished sixth in the Premier League. But United are intent on keeping the 29-year-old at Old Trafford.

So the Red Devils can return to the negotiating table with the names of key players they are willing to sacrifice to get their deal for de Jong on the line. And Express Sport takes a look at four swap options United has.

Marcus Rashford

Speculation about Marcus Rashford’s future at Old Trafford has intensified in recent months, after the 24-year-old ended a season to forget the last time. The England international, under Ralph Rangnick, looked poor and even struggled to take the starting spot at times.

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Rashford is one of England’s biggest talents and if he is included in the swap deal, he will be confident of a place in Barcelona’s first team. And Rashford arguably deserves as much as de Jong. So United will hardly have to shell out any cash if they are willing to send their forward in the opposite direction.

Antony Marshall

If Rashford’s departure is a too daunting prospect for United chiefs, Barcelona could offer Anthony Martial instead. The France international dropped the pecking order at Old Trafford last year after Cristiano Ronaldo arrived and was sent to Sevilla on loan for the second half of the campaign.

The 26-year-old failed to score a single goal in La Liga as he was overwhelmed during his temporary move. And now he looks unlikely to win back his first team spot at Old Trafford. So if Barca want a versatile attacker who is in dire need of a fresh start, Martial could be the man for them.

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eric bailey

If Barcelona are only after the centre-back, United could offer them Eric Bailly. The Ivory Coast defender signed a new contract at Old Trafford last summer but barely made it to the first team last season. And North West, 28, appears to have a surplus for necessities.

Bailly would not be a regular under Xavi, but has played at the top level for a long time and would certainly provide a back-up option to the Barca boss if he was used as a pawn in de Jong talks.

Dean Henderson

United may give Barcelona their goalkeeper Dean Henderson. The 25-year-old England international was tipped to fight the No. 1 jersey away from David de Gea last summer. But he was overlooked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralph Rangnik throughout the campaign. Henderson is unlikely to stay at Old Trafford to be on the bench next season. So the shot-stopper could have prompted club chiefs to introduce Barca.

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