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Manchester United would listen to offers of around £80million for Marcus Rashford should they struggle to tie the forward down to a new contract, according to reports. The 25-year-old has been in impressive form for club and country ever since the summer, winning Erik ten Hag’s faith in the process. And though the Red Devils want to keep their talisman, there’s been talk of a potential departure…
Last season, Rashford toiled for United as the club endured a nightmare season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
That led to talk of a potential departure, with Paris Saint-Germain holding talks with the forward’s representatives at a time where Kylian Mbappe’s future was up in the air.
In the time since, however, Rashford has bounced back to put last season’s nightmare behind him and emerge as a key player again for club and country.
The England international has bagged eight goals from 19 appearances for the Red Devils, clocking up three assists along the way.
And that’s a far superior record to team-mates such as Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Antony.
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Manchester United could sell Marcus Rashford in the summer transfer window (Image: GETTY)
Rashford has also come good at the World Cup, too, despite not always being guaranteed a starting berth under Gareth Southgate.
The forward has netted three times in Qatar so far, with one goal coming against Iran in a 6-2 win before he bagged a brace in an emphatic 3-0 victory over Wales.
According to the Daily Star, however, United fear they could be forced into selling Rashford at the end of the season.
They want to tie their No 10 to a new contract and have offered him a weekly wage of £300,000-a-week, one that would reflect his growing importance and status at the club.
But Rashford is yet to sign any extension, which is why United have been left in a state of worry over their star man.
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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is hoping to win trophies at Old Trafford this season (Image: GETTY)
It’s stated that if the Red Devils do end up listening to offers for Rashford, then it will take potential suitors such as Real Madrid a big £80m to secure his signature.
Yet even if Rashford would have just a year left on his deal, providing United trigger an extension, that figure is far too low.
Rashford is now back on the right path to being a superstar. Certainly, 11 goals for club and country combined is evidence of his growing prowess.
United would likely have to spend far more than that on a replacement, too. Especially given how it would leave them vulnerable for other teams to exploit.
Just look at the summer, for example. The Red Devils were forced into paying a huge £86m to bring in Antony, with Ajax aware of just how much they wanted their talisman.
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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has been in fine form for club and country (Image: GETTY)
United have been forced into paying the odds on numerous occasions for years now, too, ever since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
And the truth is that Rashford is too good to let go, no matter the fee.
He is central to United’s future as well at the present as they look to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford after years of inconsistency.
Replacing him would be far harder than filling the void left behind by Cristiano Ronaldo’s sudden departure as a result.
Meanwhile, Rashford was overlooked for Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden for England’s 3-0 World Cup win over Senegal on Sunday night.
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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag can’t afford to lose Marcus Rashford (Image: GETTY)
And Southgate, speaking beforehand, opened up on why the United star was benched by revealing it was solely because of the other attacking talent he has in his squad.
“He [Bukayo Saka] was excellent in our first two matches, we think Marcus was also very good and it’s great to have him to be able to come into the game as it opens up,” he said.
“We’ve, of course, got an embarrassment of riches in that area of the pitch.
“But we’ve liked Bukayo’s performances and we think Phil [Foden] and him deserve their opportunity.”
Rashford will be hoping to start when England lock horns with France in their World Cup quarter-final showdown on Saturday night.
The Three Lions have failed to beat the reigning champions in their last two matches at major tournaments, losing 2-1 at Euro 2004 and drawing 1-1 at Euro 2012.