According to The Sun, Manchester United may be forced to pay £350k-a-week to Marcus Rashford in order to keep him at the club and away from the clutches of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Well, the England international reportedly wants to stay put at Old Trafford and play for United – where he spent years in the academy – but would not find it a hardship to go and play for one of the big boys in Spain.
Alexis Sanchez’s £505k-a-week earnings have skewered the wage structure at United, and Rashford knows that all too well – he is asking for £350k-a-week due to his importance in being Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main striker.
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Madrid reportedly invited Rashford’s brothers – who are his advisers – to a game, whilst Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is a big fan of the 21-year-old.
Rashford is still a baby in the footballing world and a club of United’s stature should not stand for being held to ransom by a footballing child.
Some of the club’s supporters have already grown tired of Rashford’s ineffective performances out on the pitch – he ended the campaign in miserable form with no goals in his final eight games.
The thing with Rashford is he’s actually arrogent and selfish which is where alot of the anger and abuse comes from, the guy actually thinks he’s Ronaldo . The clown shoots the free kick into row Z , shoots from ridiculous angles when there’s better options available.
— ?AJ ? (@AJMUFC) June 15, 2019
If Lukaku goes United will sign a striker. No way we can go in to next season trusting Rashford. Great talent but if he carries on closing his eyes on headers and his balloon free kicks we're screwed
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) May 25, 2019
Other than Sanchez’s huge earnings, there is no valid argument for Rashford to earn that much – it would place him on £150k more per week than Mohamed Salah earns in comparison.
£150k-a-week, coincidentally, is just £30k less than what PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk earns. How on earth can Rashford justify asking for so much?
With just 12 months left on his deal, United shouldn’t pander to the youngster’s demands and should make an example out of him by allowing him to leave the club.
He could easily be replaced, and is simply pushing his luck in asking for so much money. He may be a local lad, but United can’t be pushed around by sentiment either.