Paris St-Germain have held tentative talks about a sensational attempt to sign Marcus Rashford from Manchester United.
The French giants are certainly interested in the England international, having considered him, when Mauricio Pochettino was their coach, to replace Kylian Mbappe when the striker tried to force his way out to join Real Madrid last summer before signing a new deal.
Rashford’s brother Dwaine, who represents him, is understood to have held initial talks with PSG in Paris last week, but as yet no offer has been made. United are understood to be relaxed about the situation. Rashford has one year left on his contract but there is also an option to extend the deal for a further 12 months. It would therefore take an extraordinary offer for the 24-year-old to make United consider selling him at this stage.
Rashford has previously indicated to United that he believes his future is with the Premier League club and that he would be keen to sign a new deal. Last season he appeared far more unsettled, hampered by injuries and loss of form, but it appears he will figure prominently in the plans of new manager Erik ten Hag, having initially feared he might lose his place to Anthony Elanga.
Nevertheless United are looking to add to their forward options and Ten Hag’s No 1 choice remains Ajax winger Antony while, as an alternative, the manager is considering a move for PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo. United made an €8.5million offer for Marko Arnautovic but walked away from that deal after Bologna demanded more money and they faced a backlash from their fans. So another forward should be signed before the transfer window closes while, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave.
Rashford has also fallen out of the plans of England manager Gareth Southgate and is, as things stand, unlikely to make the World Cup squad, although he has worked hard this summer to regain his fitness.
Rashford will also have to weigh up how much playing time he would get at PSG should an offer materialise. Mbappe is untouchable, as is Lionel Messi, while Neymar has five years left on his contract and does not want to leave and has been in impressive form.
PSG’s new coach Christophe Galtier has indicated he wants another forward with the club desperate to sell Mauro Icardi – who could possibly be offered to United – and with Arnaud Kalimuendo having been sold to Rennes.
PSG are also wary that they might end up being used by Rashford’s camp to secure a more favourable deal at United.