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Barcelona take into account summer season method for Ella Toone


Barcelona might check Manchester United’s resolve to maintain home-grown hero Ella Toone this summer season following a report of switch curiosity within the England worldwide.

Toone spearheaded United’s FA Cup closing victory final weekend by opening the scoring at Wembley with a shocking strike from 25 yards. She has beforehand proven her big-game credentials with the Lionesses, the one English participant in historical past, male or feminine, to attain quarter-final, semi-final and closing targets at main tournaments throughout Euro 2022 and final summer season’s World Cup.

That has seemingly caught the attention of Barcelona, with Kathryn Batte of the Day by day Mail reporting that the Catalans are contemplating an method on the finish of the season. That hasn’t occurred but and there are a variety of things that would affect issues – together with the necessity to pay a “vital switch payment” provided that Toone has two years left on the long-term contract she signed in 2022.

Barcelona may want to contemplate the monetary implications as they put together to tie Alexia Putellas to a brand new deal, with talks over new phrases for Lucy Bronze additionally regarded as going down. On the opposite aspect of that argument is Mariona Caldentey, closely linked with Arsenal, set to go away and probably creating room for brand new attacking signings forward of subsequent season.

Ella Toone

Ella Toone is a scorching ticket proper now / Catherine Ivill – AMA/GettyImages

Toone would not be alone as an English participant in Barcelona. Along with the aforementioned Bronze, Keira Walsh made what was then a world file swap within the wake of profitable Euro 2022. However she may want to contemplate beginning a lot fewer video games amid competitors for locations. And whereas it could nearly assure accumulating silverware and current a real likelihood of profitable the Champions League, Aitana Bonmati additionally not too long ago referenced the shortage of competitiveness in Liga F.

It could possibly be the chance of a lifetime, particularly when Manchester United stay within the infancy of a brand new challenge after a transitional 2023/24 marketing campaign. However, as a self-confessed residence chook who has by no means strayed each removed from the Wigan city through which she grew up, there can be large upheaval.

Even on the age of 24, Toone has firmly established herself a Manchester United legend and one of many faces of the broader membership. Already in 2024, she has develop into the primary participant within the reformed girls’s staff’s brief historical past to achieve 150 appearances and 50 targets.

Her profile away from the pitch is rising quickly too, embarking on a journey in direction of changing into the ‘influencer footballer’, energetic on social media, launching her personal YouTube channel and now the brand new star of a BBC podcast alongside finest buddy and former team-mate Alessia Russo.