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Conflicting reports emerge on Manchester United and Rashford



Conflicting reports emerge on Manchester United and Rashford

The summer transfer window is fond of carrying stories that conflict each other, and a new report conflicts the story that Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford will be staying at Old Trafford next season.

According to the latest reports, the Old Trafford club are second guessing the decision of keeping the England international for another season.

Despite securing a victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup final, United had a disappointing 2023/24 season, finishing eighth in the Premier League – their lowest finish since the league’s inception in 1992.

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Following a stellar 2022/23 season, in which he netted 30 goals, Rashford’s form dipped significantly last season. The English winger managed only eight goals and five assists in 43 appearances, raising questions about his future at Old Trafford.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Rashford’s brother and long-time agent, Dwaine Maynard, recently met with a new agency to discuss managing the winger’s future. This move has fueled speculation that Rashford could be seeking an exit from the club.

The 26-year-old forward signed a lucrative £325,000-a-week contract last summer, which ties him to United until 2028. However, sources indicate that while the club would prefer to retain Rashford, they have not ruled out a transfer, especially given his strained relationship with manager Erik ten Hag.

A significant incident that indicates the rift between Rashford and Manchester United came in January in what’s dubbed the ‘Belfast fiasco‘ when Rashford missed training due to ‘illness,’ which was later revealed to be due to partying in Belfast.

This led to ten Hag imposing a hefty fine of two weeks’ wages (£650,000) and dropping Rashford for the FA Cup match against Newport County.

Selling Rashford could be financially beneficial for United, as he joined the club’s academy at the age of seven, meaning any transfer fee would be pure profit.

Reports suggest that Paris Saint-Germain, looking to fill the void left by Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid, are interested in acquiring the English forward. However, United’s firm stance on an £80 million asking price may complicate negotiations.