Manchester City are at the front of the queue to sign Marcus Rashford from rivals Manchester United, reports the Daily Mail.

The 16-year-old is considered one of the brightest prospects at Old Trafford and was tipped to follow the likes of Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson into the first team.

However, the England youth international is struggling to agree terms on a new contract and Manchester City believe they have a chance of convincing him across town to the Etihad Stadium.

The problem comes from Manchester United's end, who are sticking by their policy of refusing to pay big money to youngsters. That policy has seen them lose the likes of Paul Pogba in recent years as the lure of lucrative deals elsewhere continue to tempt young minds.

Rashford is now threatening to become another Pogba. His level of talent is similar and his potential exit from Old Trafford has officials fretting. Obviously seeing a top talent flourish at rivals City would be a lot harder for Manchester United to take than seeing Pogba far away at Juventus.

Arsenal and Chelsea are also keeping tabs on the situation although Manuel Pellegrini's team is most keen on making a move. So long as Rashford fails to agree a new deal, the Premier League trio will be able to make a legitimate offer to him in the summer.

What most concerns Manchester United is that Rashford is one of very few youngsters who have a genuine chance of making it into the first team. Wilson bagged a brace on his debut against Hull City this week but the fact remains that places for youngsters will be few and far between as the Red Devils look for established talent this summer.

Meanwhile City are looking to invest heavily in youth, cutting costs to fall in line with Financial Fair Play by producing their own talent. They are also struggling to meet homegrown player rules as well.

Chelsea have too struggled to keep youngsters happy as Jose Mourinho continues to rely on the experience of John Terry et al instead of giving youngsters a chance.

Arsenal, however, have always been famed for giving youth a chance under Arsene Wenger and a move to the Emirates Stadium could be a tempting prospect for Rushford.

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