Real Madrid are refusing to cede their interest in Marcus Rashford and are reportedly set to lodge a £100 million bid for the Manchester United superstar.
Real Madrid are not yet ready to give up their hopes of luring Marcus Rashford to Spain. The Manchester United academy graduate, who seems to be loving his life at Old Trafford currently, is on Real’s radar, with the defending European champions ready to test the waters with a £100 million offer, according to The Sun.
The Manchester United academy ace might have been played out of position under Jose Mourinho in almost all of the games. But, Rashford still remains an undeniably attractive prospect for United and other top European clubs. The 21-year-old has had an upsurge in form this season, with a return of 8 goals and 6 assists in 21 Premier League matches so far.
The point of concern though, is that Rashford is yet to sign an extension on his current Manchester United deal, which is set to run till 2020, with an option to activate a one-year extension on the contract. The situation has encouraged Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus to keep a close eye on Rashford.
While Barcelona and Real Madrid have their own reasons, Real Madrid’s is clear. Florentino Perez wants a new face for Real’s attack and has for some time now. Zinedine Zidane had preferred Karim Benzema, which had stopped Perez from phasing the Frenchman out of the squad.
With Zidane now gone and Benzema still having phases of lackadaisical performance, Real Madrid could do with a reliable striker. The club has been linked with Harry Kane, who is arguably the hottest property as far as strikers are concerned. But, Rashford is not far behind the Tottenham star.
One of the key features of Rashford’s play is that he can interchange positions with the wide players and he seems to be improving a lot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as far as his composure in front of goal and decision-making is concerned. While Rashford is Manchester United through-and-through, his contractual situation is a cause for worry.
Also, the 21-year-old had come close to asking for a move while being continuously played out of position by Mourinho. Times have changed now, with Solskjaer preferring Rashford upfront. But, the 2-2 draw with Burnley saw the manager attempt to field Rashford out wide, which immediately saw the forward fluff his lines on a couple of occasions.
It seems Marcus Rashford’s confidence is directly related to being played as the centre-forward. And should Solskjaer or any other manager who comes in once the season ends, play him out of position on a regular basis, Real Madrid might just be able to get their man.