Reports indicate that Barcelona is in the process of making important choices regarding a potential swap deal with Manchester United for Jadon Sancho and the future of Raphinha.

Barcelona Reportedly Opt Against Signing Jadon Sancho from Manchester United, Keep Hold of Raphinha

Barcelona have reportedly made a decision not to sign Jadon Sancho from Manchester United amidst a wish to hold onto Brazilian winger Raphinha, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo. The Catalan side is not interested in a potential swap deal for Sancho that could potentially see Raphinha moving in the opposite direction (via Goal).

Sancho’s Tumultuous Time at Manchester United

The situation surrounding Sancho’s future at Manchester United has been tumultuous, with the England international reportedly being frozen out of the Red Devils squad following a public fallout with manager Erik ten Hag. The winger was notably left out of Manchester United’s squad for their 3-1 loss at Arsenal on September 3, with the manager citing training-related concerns as the reason for his exclusion. In response, Sancho deleted a controversial post on his social media account, where he claimed to have been made a scapegoat. Since then, he has not made an appearance for the team, managing just three substitute appearances this season, totaling 76 minutes of playing time.

Given these circumstances, it is widely believed that Sancho does not have a future at Old Trafford and is likely to be offloaded in the January transfer window. Since his arrival at Manchester United in the summer of 2021 for a reported fee of €85 million from Borussia Dortmund, Sancho has scored just 12 goals and assisted on six occasions in 82 appearances across various competitions.

Raphinha’s Position at Barcelona

In contrast to Sancho’s predicament, reports suggest that Barcelona is only prepared to consider selling Raphinha should a substantial offer come their way in the upcoming summer transfer window. Raphinha, who joined Barcelona from Leeds United in the summer of 2022 for a reported fee of €58 million, has been a key figure for the team. With two goals and five assists in 15 appearances this season, Raphinha has been a valuable asset for the club. Since arriving at Camp Nou, the winger has tallied 12 goals and provided 17 assists in 65 appearances across various competitions, solidifying his importance to the side.

Erik ten Hag’s Comments on Sancho’s Situation

Amidst speculation surrounding Sancho’s future, Manchester United are grappling with their performance in the Premier League, currently sitting at sixth place with 27 points from 16 matches. The team has struggled, and the need for an additional attacking option like Sancho is evident. Brazilian winger Antony has been underwhelming this season, failing to register a single goal contribution in 16 appearances, while Marcus Rashford has also faced a form slump, scoring just twice from 20 appearances in the 2023/24 campaign.

Ten Hag recently addressed the potential return of Sancho to the Manchester United squad last week, stating, “Jadon knows what he has to do if he wants to return, and it is up to him. It’s about a culture and every player has to match certain standards and it was about that.” It appears unlikely that the two parties will reach a resolution, with Sancho being linked to a move away from Old Trafford in January.

Manchester United’s Upcoming Challenges

Manchester United are currently at the bottom of their Champions League group with one round of games left to play. With three consecutive losses in the English top flight and a crucial fixture against Bayern Munich on the horizon, the Red Devils are in dire need of a positive result. They will need to secure a victory against Bayern and hope for a favorable outcome in the matchup between Galatasaray and Copenhagen, the other teams in their group, to qualify for the round of 16.

Looking ahead, the future of both Sancho and Raphinha remains uncertain as the transfer window approaches. For Manchester United, the team’s performance in the coming weeks will be pivotal in determining their ambitions for the season. Barcelona, on the other hand, will likely assess their options and make decisions based on the best interests of the club. As the transfer saga continues, all eyes will be on the potential movements of these two talented wingers in the months to come.