Firstly, I would be shocked if Marcus Rashford wasn’t at Manchester United next season.
There may be interest from around Europe, but I’m not buying any suggestions that he won’t be in Erik ten Hag’s squad for the coming year.
Renowned Italian football agent Roberto De Fanti has written a column for Caught Offside, which includes a short segment on the Manchester United forward.
It has some juicy information, but how strange is it to hear a football agent speak out about a player whom they don’t represent?
We wouldn’t be naïve enough to dismiss some of the stuff he says because it’s clear that De Fanti speaks to people in football.
De Fanti claims all of the top sides in Spain and Italy are interested in Rashford after enquiring about his availability.
“Prior to any discussions, a valuation of around £40m, maybe £50m, seemed fair, but it turns out the attacker would cost a lot more – between £70m and £80m,” De Fanti wrote.
“United are confident a club is unlikely to pay that, especially off the back of a poor season, so they’re almost certain he will stay. They are happy for Rashford to stay too, also because they know that if they did sell him, they would need to replace him and that is not a priority, definitely not this summer anyway.”
Another snippet of information revealed by De Fanti includes the surprising suggestion that Tottenham held talks with Rashford’s entourage.
He adds: “It seems there have been some discussions very recently between the player’s camp and Tottenham Hotspur. The London club feel negotiating a deal for Rashford is virtually impossible though – so that transfer no longer seems an option.”
I can’t imagine Rashford joining Tottenham Hotspur – but it would be interesting to know what was discussed in those apparent meetings.
Surely he is only focused on impressing Ten Hag?