Marcus Rashford will turn down an approach from Barcelona to continue his service for Manchester United.
There have been talks about Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford’s exit from the club following the contract conundrum currently. The Red Devils are struggling to tie him with a new deal which expires in 2020 and the club has an option to extend for another twelve months.
Reports from Spain said that the Blaugrana will be willing to send Philippe Coutinho in a straight swap deal with the English outfit for the 20-year-old striker. If they do not agree with the above-mentioned deal, the Spanish outfit are ready to bid 100 million euros to lure him away. There is no doubt that the Brazilian has a high ceiling currently, but the reigning Spanish Champions are finding it hard to find his preferred position because he has not excelled through the flanks and central midfield department.
On the other hand, Ernesto Valverde has been in search of Luis Suarez’s replacement for a long time now. Many names including Marcus Rashford have been thrown in the mix, but it remains to be seen as Marca reported that the club are working to bring Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer transfer window.
Additionally, Manchester United can remain calm because their academy graduate Marcus Rashford is set to turn down an approach from Barcelona to stay at Old Trafford, according to the English out Mirror. Ever since his debut under Louis Van Gaal in 2015, the English International has had a prominent rise which has gained much adulation across the world.
He hit the top of the headlines after scoring two goals and bagging an assist against their top four contenders Arsenal at Old Trafford. Since then, he has gone on to make 160 appearances, scoring 44 and finding his teammates on 26 occasions. During the management of Jose Mourinho, the English International was used as a left winger and he was able to make 45 goal contributions despite playing in his secondary position.
The Red Devils have been holding talks with Marcus Rashford and his representatives over a long time now and the club are willing to double his wages which will see him earn 150,000 pounds per week, potential rising to 200,000 per week. Even though he is not worried about an approach from Barcelona, Ed Woodward and Co are in urge to tie him down to a long term contract.
The player became disillusioned under former United boss Jose Mourinho, but has thrived under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with eight goals in 18 appearances under the Norwegian, who has played him in his favoured position through the middle.
As the report already said, Rashford is not the only striker in Barcelona’s sights. The club has shortlisted three players in their shortlist – Luka Jovic, Marcus Rashford, and Antoine Griezmann. The latter turned down an approach from the Blaugrana last summer, but there are still members inside the Barcelona board who back for the transfer of the French International.
The Atletico Madrid forward is reportedly assessing his options after the Spanish club were eliminated from the Champions League this campaign. Luka Jovic has been one of the most exciting players in Europe this season by making a name with the German outfit Frankfurt. It will be interesting to see who the club will sign should the fall choice fall through.
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Barcelona are reportedly ready to offer more than £100m for Marcus Rashford.
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Manchester United will take on Watford in the Premier League on Saturday followed by a firm test against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux three days later as Solskjaer’s side battle out for a place in the top four. The Red Devils will face FC Barcelona in the Quarterfinals of the Champions League. The first leg will be held at Old Trafford on April 10th and the second leg on April 16th at Nou Camp.