Paris Saint-Germain is said to be in talks with Marcus Rashford’s entourage about a summer transfer from Manchester United. In a recent press conference, new PSG manager Christophe Galtier admitted that a new attacker is on his transfer wish list, with both Arnaud Kalimuendo and Mauri Icardi on their way out of the French city.
It is not the first time PSG has shown interest in Rashford, who has always been a fan of the Red Devils. The majority of the speculation around the England international had centered on whether he might recapture his form at Old Trafford this season after a poor 2021/22.
Last season, Rashford scored four Premier League goals, his lowest total since breaking into the United first squad. His return to domestic play did not go as planned against Brighton on Sunday, with the Seagulls running out 2-1 winners and recording their first ever win at Old Trafford.
PSG, according to L’Equipe, remains unfazed and has begun conversations with Rashford’s camp about a summer switch. Earlier on Thursday, Galtier said the team will look for another attacker before the window closed.
Erik ten Hag’s willingness to let Rashford leave is another topic entirely, considering United’s own attacking shortfall. After losing out on Slovenian prodigy Benjamin Sesko and abandoning their interest in Marko Arnautovic due to fan protests, the Red Devils are having enough difficulties finding a new front.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s willingness to leave Old Trafford adds urgency to Ten Hag’s transfer mission. United is hesitant to let the Portuguese leave but has been unable to persuade him to change his mind following intense talks at Carrington in recent weeks.
Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic and versatile attacker Cody Gakpo are two of United’s remaining targets, with the former valued at £20 million and the latter at £35 million. The Red Devils may have to ask club great Ruud van Nistelrooy for help with Gakpo, as the Dutchman is presently his coach at PSV.
Ten Hag may have to rely on an Anthony Martial resurgence following a solid pre-season, in addition to a virtually certain new signing. Injury held him out against Brighton, but fans are cautiously optimistic that he may reclaim his best form this season, while former Premier League striker Alan Smith feels Rashford can make a similar breakthrough with the correct coaching.
“Marcus Rashford has had a really difficult few years,” he said to Express Sport. “He didn’t resemble the guy who burst onto the scene and scored goals for England.” At one point, he was Gareth Southgate’s first choice.
“There’s a player in there somewhere.” He’ll need some gentle handling to gradually re-establish his confidence. You’d like to see him return to the form he displayed when he initially came to the fore. Good coaches are capable of doing so. Man management, utilizing players correctly.”