MANCHESTER UNITED may be forced to pay Marcus Rashford £350,000 a week to fend off Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The striker is negotiating with Old Trafford bosses as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.
1 The striker is negotiating with Old Trafford bosses as he enters the final 12 months of his contract
Rashford, 21, is keen to stay, having establishing himself as the No 1 striker under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But like other stars including keeper David De Gea, Rashford is playing hardball with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward — thanks to the £505,000 a week being paid to flop Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean’s mega deal has skewed the pay structure at the club, with players now demanding huge hikes to reflect their status.
And Rashford’s hand is made stronger by the fact that over the last 12 months both Real and Barca have made their intentions clear.
Madrid invited Rashford’s brothers, who are also his advisors, to a game.
While Nou Camp chiefs told them boss Ernesto Valverde is a huge fan of the England star.
Rashford is holding out for a four-year deal and thinks £350,000 a week is realistic given his importance. A source said: “Marcus is United through and through and doesn’t want to leave.
“But it wouldn’t be a hardship playing for either of the big two in Spain if they can’t agree a deal.
“Lots of footballers sign deals on the basis of not only what their worth is now but what they will be worth in one, two or three years.
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“He’s happy under Ole and has cemented his role as the main striker but if Sanchez can get £505,000 a week, then Marcus knows the money is there.
“If the likes of Marcus and De Gea sign new deals — and Paul Pogba doesn’t leave — then it gives the club a solid grounding of superstars.
“Other, younger players will then want to come.”