Paris Saint-Germain are weighing up whether to rekindle their interest in Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports. And the 26-year-old has been urged to leave Old Trafford and reignite his career elsewhere just one year after extending his contract.
PSG were reportedly keen to sign Rashford on a free transfer before he penned a new long-term contract worth around £350,000 a week last year.
However, the United No. 10’s form has fallen off a cliff since committing his future to the club, failing to build on his career-best 2022/23 campaign, in which he scored 30 goals.
On Friday, he missed training through a claimed illness before it emerged that he had been spotted at Belfast nightclubs on Wednesday and Thursday.
Rashford missed United’s FA Cup fourth-round win at Newport County on Sunday before Ten Hag insisted that he was ill but admitted he was dealing with an internal matter.
Yesterday, United confirmed that Rashford had accepted responsibility for his actions and had returned to training ahead of Thursday’s Premier League trip to Wolves.
But his relationship with the fanbase and reportedly his team-mates has taken a hit, and PSG could look to take advantage by offering him an escape route.
According to i Sport, the Ligue 1 champions are considering whether to reignite their interest in Rashford this summer.
PSG could be searching for a Kylian Mbappe replacement if the Frenchman leaves the club for Real Madrid or elsewhere.
Rashford has suitors at the Parc des Princes, and United’s new INEOS decision-makers could decide to cash in at the start of a cultural reset at Old Trafford.
Ally McCoist is among the pundits and supporters to suggest Rashford may need to leave M16 and start afresh away from his boyhood club.
“It’s a shambles. A shambles. It’s a statement of fact [United’s statement]. It’s a statement of the bleeding obvious, isn’t it? I don’t know,” McCoist told talkSPORT.
“I’m guessing he won’t be keeping in touch with that barmaid who seems to have stuck him in it, but I don’t know what he’s thinking. I absolutely do not know what he’s thinking.
“Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. The focus is on you all the time, on and off the pitch. I know he’s trying to get away, I know he wanted a birthday party… but I don’t know.
“Does he not realise there’s nothing these guys can do these days? You can’t move. The fact of the matter is if you’re a United player right now, you need to keep your head down and get the job done.
“I’m staggered. It seems to me it could be a little bit of the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Out of all of the Manchester United fans I’ve spoken to and have messaged, I haven’t yet seen a message of support.
“Everybody’s saying enough’s enough. I just think it’s probably time now where he has to go to new pastures, and he has to try and get himself going again.
“Because the Marcus Rashford I’ve seen this season, and I’ve seen him a good few times, dear me… Maybe he just needs to go away and get a fresh challenge because it’s not working.”