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Man Utd can turn tables on PSG as ‘£200m warchest set aside for Rashford and 3 more deals’ | Football | Sport

Manchester United are set to play hardball with PSG after the French champions outlined Marcus Rashford as one of their main candidates to replace the departing Kylian Mbappe. The striker is almost certain to leave Paris for Real Madrid in the summer when his contract expires, but despite not being able to receive a fee the move will free up huge funds for his current employers.

That’s because of Mbappe’s current extortionate wages, with the 25-year-old earning north of £60million a year. And according to inews, PSG will now have a £200m warchest at their disposal when the next transfer window opens, with Rashford topping a list of four transfer targets.

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Barcelona teensage sensation Gavi are also on their shortlist to replace Mbappe. Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Joshua Kimmich is also being tracked, with the Parisians rebuilding following the exits of Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Speculation over Rashford’s future has been ramped up this season following disciplinary issues and lack of form. Last month, he was called in for a disciplinary meeting with Erik ten Hag after missing training the day after partying in a nightclub in Belfast.

Having scored just five times in the Premier League this season, his commitment to the Red Devils was also questioned after the 2-1 win at Luton on Sunday, when footage emerged of him seemingly giving up when he was taken on by Ross Barkley. But regardless, United are in a huge position of strength when it comes to negotiating with PSG.

Rashford, 26, last year signed a bumper new deal at Old Trafford, worth £325,000-a-week. And the deal runs until 2028, meaning there is no danger of the club having to sell the player in a cut-price deal anytime soon.

United are now likely to demand a huge transfer fee for their academy product, a scenario they themselves have been plagued by in recent seasons. Back in September 2022, the club obliged after Ajax insisted on an £80m fee for winger Antony, with the Brazilian failing to impress since making the move to England.

 

That same summer, Casemiro arrived from Real Madrids for £60m, despite being 30-years-old at the time. And that deal is also now under scrutiny with the Real Madrid icon himself struggling to make an impact in an injury-plagued season.

The development comes in the same week United have made an approach for Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth. Sir Jim Ratcliffe is keen to get the former FA employee on board to oversee the much-maligned transfer policy at the club.

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