Man Utd are “really close” to completing a deal for a forward who is poised to become the club’s new top earner on £375,000-a-week, per reports.
Speculation has swirled the Red Devils are working with just a £120m transfer budget this summer. With ESPN reporting Andre Onana, Mason Mount and Harry Kane are Erik ten Hag’s ‘dream’ signings, a compromise is going to have to be made.
To that end, reports in Italy claim United have bid for Atalanta frontman, Rasmus Hojlund. The Denmark international can be signed for less than half the price Harry Kane will command.
Whichever new striker Man Utd sign is expected to be installed at the tip of Ten Hag’s attack. That’ll push Marcus Rashford back out onto the left wing despite an incredible campaign in front of goal last year.
Indeed, the 25-year-old notched 30 goals across all competitions and was near-unplayable after the World Cup break. 22 of his 30 strikes came after the tournament in Qatar concluded.
United activated their one-year option in Rashford’s contract in December. However, fast forward six months and Rashford has entered the final year of his deal.
French powerhouse PSG had showed interest and were reportedly willing to double the wages Rashford could expect to earn at Old Trafford.
However, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Rashford only has eyes for Man Utd.
Via Caught Offside, Romano stated: “I can confirm that Marcus Rashford is really close to signing new long term deal at United, though when it’ll be announced is up to the club.
“It’s technically not done yet, some details have to be clarified soon but talks are very advanced.
“Man Utd believe this is like a new signing because Rashford was out of contract in 2024 and many top clubs including PSG were keeping close eye on Marcus’ situation.”
Rashford to replace De Gea as top Man Utd earner
David de Gea – who officially became a free agent two days ago – was the club’s top earner on £375,000-a-week.
According to The Sun, that is the exact figure Rashford is in line to earn once the ink has dried on his new contract.
That will see Rashford bumped way up from £200,000-a-week, though few can argue he’s undeserving on the back of such a stunning season.