Man Utd and PSG’s outlook on a surprise Marcus Rashford transfer have both surfaced after a French football expert detailed the impact a ‘crazy offer’ would have.
News broke on Thursday night of PSG holding talks with the camp of Marcus Rashford. While no official contact had been made with Manchester United, the early talks with the player were said to be moving positively.
PSG are known to be on the hunt for a versatile forward this summer. Indeed, manager Christophe Galtier said as much during a recent press conference.
Rashford would fit that bill being capable of playing both on the wings and centrally. What’s more, his contract status could leave United vulnerable to a degree.
Rashford’s current deal expires next summer, though United do hold an option for a further 12 months.
The forward is coming off the worst season of his career last term and if he is unable to recapture his best form, an exit isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
PSG are fully aware of Rashford’s affinity for the Red Devils. As such, they understood they may have to pay over the odds to make the deal work.
Now, French football expert, Julien Laurens, has shed light on Man Utd’s stance on the move.
Man Utd relaxed and unmoving
Laurens stated United are adamant that Rashford is ‘not for sale’. He added only a ‘crazy offer’ could change their mind, though one isn’t likely to come from Paris.
Indeed, Luis Campos is now pulling the strings in the French capital and PSG’s business this summer has been more measured than under former sporting director, Leonardo.
Sky Sports doubled down on United’s stance, claiming they’re ‘relaxed’ about the situation. The fact the club have an option for an extra 12 months in Rashford’s deal means there’s no cause for concern at Old Trafford just yet.
Putting the transfer story to bed almost entirely, Sky also stated PSG are ‘unlikely to follow up’ on their initial interest in Rashford.
Rashford exit would’ve left Ten Hag beached
It’s true to say Rashford endured a miserable campaign last season. Indeed, his five goals across all competitions were his worst single-season tally to date.
However, Rashford has shown he can be a more than effective attacker in the Premier League when fit and firing.
What’s more, new boss Erik ten Hag is already short of numbers in the final third.
Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all left for free. Mason Greenwood remains unavailable indeifintely, while Anthony Martial is sidelined with a hamstring issue.
Doubts persist over the long-term future of wantaway legend Cristiano Ronaldo. As such, the only senior forwards available right now are Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga and Rashford.
For a multitude of reasons, a Rashford exit this month would have made little to no sense for United.