United midfield pair Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are both on Barca’s radar, along with defensive utility Daley Blind. All three players will see their contracts expire in June.
And significantly, the three United players also have the backing of Lionel Messi. The Argentine now has a formal say, courtesy of a clause in his new contract, in club transfer policy.
The United trio, along with Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka and Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil, have all been met with Messi’s approval. And all five players are now free to discuss pre-contract deals with Barca.