PSG held talks with Marcus Rashford last summer, still monitoring forward
As we reported a few weeks ago, Marcus Rashford and PSG got linked in the past with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi making very public comments about his interest in the forward all the way back to 2022 and from the Qatar World Cup.
The England international's contract with Manchester United was still running out on June 2023 when Al-Khelaifi made his comments, and before a one-year option was executed by the Premier League side.
On Tuesday, Ben Jacobs reported in the Caught Offside newsletter that those talks indeed existed between PSG and Rashford, while multiple other clubs have been informed of the forward's contract situation at Manchester.
According to Jacobs, though, "Manchester United view Marcus Rashford as integral to everything they are building under Erik ten Hag," and consider extending his deal (currently ending in June 2024) a “priority”.
Marcus Rashford will enter his final year under contract at Manchester United in July 2023
Jacobs obtained information about the ongoing discussions between Rashford and Man Utd, reporting that "talks have already started on a new long-term deal." Jacobs also obtained details of United's feelings about the potential positive ending to this drama, as the club thinks "back then Rashford was a bit more unsettled" but he's now committed to staying at Manchester.
It's reported that "Rashford met with PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi over the summer" and also that PSG "retain an interest" in the goalscorer. That said, Al-Khelaifi and the rest of the Parisian board "were fearful they were being used as leverage" in their talks with the Manchester native.
While Jacobs wrote that "no deal is imminent right now" he also revealed that "more talks will take place over the coming months" between Man Utd and the player.
The two new possible owners of Manchester United, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe, "view keeping Rashford as essential," according to Jacobs' information.
Whether a takeover happens in Manchester through the next few months or drags further in time, Rashford is a player that Man Utd surely wants to keep around as the face of the club going forward.
The goalscorer is still about to enter the final year of his deal with the Red Devils, though, and any misstep by the organization could end up in the England international looking for a new club, with PSG among his favorites.