In the upcoming year, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is set to enter a bidding war with Barcelona for the 26-year-old forward from Manchester United, Marcus Rashford.
According to a report from Spanish outlet Fichajes, Rashford’s future at Manchester United is currently uncertain, attracting the attention of prominent European clubs.
The competition for his services is expected to involve a three-way battle between PSG, Barcelona, and Juventus.
Marcus Rashford’s Manchester United Journey
Marcus Rashford has experienced a tumultuous journey since his breakthrough into Manchester United’s first-team squad.
Initially heralded as one of England’s most promising young talents during the 2015/16 season, Rashford has faced challenges in consistently delivering strong performances for the Red Devils.
The 26-year-old emerged as a key attacking force for Manchester United in the previous season, contributing significantly to their EFL Cup triumph and securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.
However, Rashford’s form has dipped sharply in the current season, managing only two goals and four assists in 21 appearances, both goals coming from penalty kicks.
Consequently, his market value has declined to €70 million.
Rashford’s fluctuating performance levels have led to criticism from some quarters, while others, like Jamie Carragher, have offered words of encouragement, urging him to elevate his game.
Amidst this backdrop, the forward’s future at Manchester United has become uncertain, catching the interest of European giants such as Barcelona and PSG.
Interest from Barcelona and PSG
Recent reports had suggested that Barcelona was keen on acquiring Rashford in a potential swap deal involving Raphinha.
However, the validity of these claims remains uncertain.
Nevertheless, Barcelona could benefit from Rashford’s skill set, especially considering uncertainties surrounding Raphinha and Ferran Torres.
On the other hand, PSG has witnessed struggles from Ousmane Dembele and Bradley Barcola this season, coupled with the ambiguity surrounding Kylian Mbappe’s future as he enters the final year of his contract.
Hence, Rashford emerges as a viable target for PSG in the upcoming 2024 summer transfer window.
Juventus has also joined the race to secure Rashford’s signature, making the competition fierce among these three football powerhouses.
However, assertions regarding Rashford’s uncertain future at Manchester United may not necessarily align with reality.
It remains to be seen whether a move to PSG, Barcelona, or Juventus materializes in the coming year.