Rashford has emerged as one of Europe’s hottest prospects in recent seasons and has surpassed £75m man Romelu Lukaku as United’s first-choice striker.
The 21-year-old struggled for regular gametime earlier this season but he’s thrived under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scoring nine times since the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho.
According to the Mirror, Barca are lining up a £100m bid for Rashford, who they see as a long-term replacement for the ageing Luis Suarez.
But time is on Rashford’s side and with such a high ceiling, Barca also see him as an investment, alongside their other youth acquisitions.
The South China Morning Post report the Catalan club have changed their business model of late, targeting young stars that can be sold for a profit if they pursue an exit.
Neymar was snapped up from Santos in 2013 and was sold to PSG for a world record £198m four years later.
And Rashford could eventually eclipse that fee if he impresses at the Nou Camp.
The transfer revelation comes amid news that:
“Rashford has the perfect chance to impress his admirers tonight.”
Barca see it as a win-win to splash out on young talent and have taken the plunge on Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie De Jong in recent windows.
They’re also heavily expected to sign De Jong’s Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt this summer.
Despite Barca’s desperation to get Rashford, the South China Morning Post claim any deal will be difficult as United have no intention of selling.
And the report states the only way any transfer will materialise is if Rashford himself forces through a move.
The England international has the perfect chance to impress his admirers tonight as United visit Barcelona in the Champions League.
The Spaniards hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg thanks to Luke Shaw’s own goal at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer will fancy his chances of pulling off another remarkable comeback after knocking out PSG in the last 16.
Tonight’s quarter-final kicks off at 8pm.