Manchester United should pounce on the opportunity to sell Marcus Rashford

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Man proposes God disposes of. After it was highly anticipated that Marcus Rashford will end his career at Manchester United, the England international has dropped a bombshell by telling his boyhood club he wants to leave. Rashford who came through the academy of Manchester United has recently endured a tough time at the club. The 24-year-old has one year left on his contract and wants a new challenge in the summer. His frustration has been evident over the last few games due to a lack of game-time.

Moreover, 35-year-old Edinson Cavani‘s selection over him at times has further added to Rashford’s frustration. Cristiano Ronaldo’s return also took away Rashford’s significant amount of games. But despite playing only 26 times this season, Rashford’s market value has taken a flight. Manchester United should take advantage of this and cash in on Rashford. United have not performed according to their spending this season, and are looking to bring in new faces in the summer. The club could sell their fringe players and many could be in the line of fire.

Manchester United could earn massive profits if a Rashford sale takes place

Marcus Rashford made his United debut in 2016, scoring twice against Midtjylland in the Europa League. He announced himself in the Premier League with a double against Arsenal at Old Trafford and then went on to score on his EFL Cup, UEFA Champions League, and Manchester Derby debut. Rashford became an important part of United’s team and has so far made 295 appearances for them. Transfermarkt valued Rashford at £2.7 million a month after his debut in February 2016. Over the course of time, Rashford’s evaluation has increased by a staggering 2,733% and now stands at £76.5 million.

Rashford has asked the club to let him go, and now is the time Manchester United can earn massive profits. The winger has started only 4 of United’s last 10 games and was benched in the recent Manchester derby. A United squad without Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani still saw Rashford start from the bench. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick preferred Bruno Fernandes in the striker’s role, and the decision backfired. The 24-year-old is 7 goals shy of hitting a century for United but could find himself with another club at the start of the new season. Rashford’s longing for regular game-time is quite understandable since this is a World Cup year. England have an abundance of attacking options, and if Rashford fails to put on the numbers this season, he may miss the ticket to Qatar.

Rashford has already attracted a number of clubs

It won’t be difficult for Manchester United to find a new club for Rashford given many have registered their interest. Barcelona were the first of many when the club inquired about the forward a couple of years ago. The Spanish club’s interest may reignite if Rashford is up for sale. Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United are the latest to join the ranks. Though both clubs boast an enormous wealth, PSG can be considered the front-runners.

It would be a massive blow if United let their academy boy go. But his sale could prove to be a masterstroke if they churn out anything in the range of £76.5 million for a forward who is far from his best. Paul Pogba is also tipped to leave Old Trafford, but his departure won’t bring any transfer fee given his contract expires in the summer. Rashford may not be at his prime, but his market value is. United should look from an economic point of view towards Rashford’s request to leave and cash in on the youngster.

However, Manchester United have an option of extending Rashford’s stay through 2024, but it looks after all that option won’t matter post the summer transfer window. After six years and three major honors with the club, curtains may fall on Rashford’s show at Old Trafford in the summer.

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