Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd star tempted by likely exit destination as shock Ten Hag move still on

Erik ten Hag, Ajax boss in Dutch cup final loss to PSV Eindhoven

A Man Utd star who is the subject of conflicting reports could yet leave under Erik ten Hag’s regime, while a key Chelsea exit is back on – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

RASHFORD OPEN TO BARCELONA MOVE

Marcus Rashford is open to a move to Barcelona if new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says he is free to go, according to a report.

Rashford burst onto the United scene with his Europa League debut in 2016 and subsequently became a first-team star. Since then, he has racked up 301 appearances for the Red Devils.

More recently, though, he has struggled for form and pundits have also criticised his body language.

Coupled with the fact that his contract expires in 2023 – ahead of a likely one-year option from Man Utd – his situation stands out as a pertinent one amid the expected rebuild at Old Trafford.

Indeed, Ajax boss Ten Hag is moving to Manchester in the summer. Initial reports claimed that he could cull up to 12 players, with Rashford among them. A contrasting report said that Rashford is in a core group Ten Hag wants to make a firm part of his plans.

According to the latest from Sport, though, the possibility of the boyhood United fan leaving remains.

The Spanish newspaper claims that the 24-year-old does not feature in Ten Hag’s plans. What’s more, Barcelona are carefully monitoring his situation.

Marcus Rashford linked with Barcelona move

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford has been linked with a move to Barcelona.

Rashford also reportedly has eyes on Barca and feels his versatility in playing across the front line would suit the La Liga club.

For now, though, Ten Hag will want to settle in at Man Utd and discuss the futures of his current squad.

Rashford started the season on the sidelines following shoulder surgery in the summer. Since returning, he has scored five goals and set up two others in 30 outings.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger

Real Madrid have rekindled transfer interest in Antonio Rudiger following the Chelsea defender’s performances in the Champions League quarter-finals. (AS)

The family of Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe will talk to Madrid chiefs in Spain next week. (AS)

Juventus are preparing a contract offer for Paul Pogba worth €9million per season plus bonuses. The Frenchman is approaching the end of his Man Utd contract and free agency. (Rudy Galetti)

Juve also want to bring Angel di Maria to Turin, with the PSG star’s contract also expiring at the end of the season. (Tuttosport)

Former Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal is still in the running for the Burnley job. (Desporto Ao Minuto)

NEWCASTLE STILL WANT DIEGO CARLOS

Diego Carlos, Barcelona v Sevilla April 2022

Newcastle still have Diego Carlos in their sights and want to try to sign the Sevilla defender again this summer. (AS)

The Magpies also want to sign Philippe Coutinho. While he is on loan at Aston Villa – who have an option to buy – Newcastle are willing to pay the same fee and salary for the Brazilian midfielder. (Sport)

Facundo Pellistri has admitted that he may have to leave Man Utd again in the summer to find game time. (Sport 890)

Marco Asensio has received a new contract offer from Real Madrid but is taking time to study other proposals. Indeed, Arsenal, AC Milan and Tottenham are reportedly after the Spaniard. (Sport Mediaset)

Wolves could make a move for Napoli’s Mexican attacker Hirving Lozano, who may leave this summer despite having two years left on his contract. (Napoli Today)

EURO PAPER TALK – GUARDIOLA, HAALAND FUTURES INTERTWINED

Man City manager Pep Guardiola

Tottenham had a scout in the stands to watch Lens midfielder Seko Fofana during his side’s 2-1 win over Lille last weekend. Although, Leicester and Aston Villa are after the Ivory Coast star too. (But! Football Club)

Spurs are also exploring the situation of Youri Tielemans. However, they have not made any contact with Leicester over the Belgian midfielder yet. (Fabrizio Romano)

Pep Guardiola has heard that he will likely get a new Manchester City contract if Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland signs this summer. (Guillem Balague)

Barcelona head coach Xavi has concerns over defender Ronald Araujo after he was one of three players to withdraw from Thursday’s 1-0 La Liga win over Real Sociedad. (Sport)