European giant ‘preparing £75m offer’ for Marcus Rashford


Manchester United’s commitment to Marcus Rashford could be tested in the summer transfer window amid renewed claims of interest from Paris Saint-Germain and a potential huge bid.

Rashford has spent most of his life at United, joining the youth ranks at the age of seven and now only seven games shy of 400 appearances for his boyhood club – the 26-year-old is on course to surpass legends like David Beckham, Nobby Stiles, Peter Schmeichel and Denis Law this season.

But United’s new hierarchy could have a big decision to make on Rashford come summer. His contract doesn’t expire until 2028 after agreeing a new deal only last year, but the Daily Mirror reports that PSG are ready to offer £75m in their search for a Kylian Mbappe replacement.

Even with Mbappe set to leave Parc des Princes as a free agent, with Real Madrid his almost certain destination, PSG aren’t going to be without money to spend as the departing forward will return a sum of around €80m to the club due to allowing his contract to expire.

The French giants had previously been keen on Rashford in 2022 prior to him having the best season of his career and scoring 30 goals across all competitions. But 2023/24 has been a different story for Rashford, struggling to replicate that form and scoring only seven times in 27 games.

United are said to value Rashford closer to £100m but might at least be tempted by the prospect of banking £75m as they navigate the waters of Financial Fair Play and Profitability & Sustainability rules that have served to limit spending power in recent months.

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The Red Devils have famously often neglected recouping money through the transfer market compared to the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea. Letting Rashford go for £75m would place him second on the club’s all-time list of player sales, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80m move to Real Madrid in 2009. David Beckham, who joined Madrid for £25m in 2003, is still fifth.

Cashing in on Rashford could have its upsides. Although he’s proven himself capable of being a prolific scorer, consistency has been lacking and his best season in front of goal has been sandwiched between his two worst. Taking a vast salary to the tune of £375,000 per week off the wage bill would also allow budget to be reinvested in the team, with new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe thought to favour a bonus-led pay structure that has underpinned Manchester City’s successes.

Ratcliffe suggested during his recent round of media interviews that he won’t shy away from making potentially tough decisions if they are necessary and help get United back on track. He has already made a reputation for himself in the business world for being particularly ruthless.

Letting Rashford go certainly would be a big call. It was only last month that he spoke openly about his deep love of United, turning down life-changing sums of money as a child from rivals in order to live out his dream of pulling on the famous red shirt. He has also arguably achieved what he’s achieved without ever being supported by a consistently good environment at the club.

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