Manchester United are growing concerned that they could lose top starlet Marcus Rashford to one of their main Premier League rivals, reports the Daily Star.
The 16-year-old was named Manchester United's best young prospect by The Guardian on Tuesday, which conveniently has coincided by the fresh report on his contract situation at Old Trafford.
Rashford is not allowed to sign professional terms with Manchester United until he turns on October 31. Old Trafford officials have tried to convince Rashford into signing a pre-contract agreement, but have so far failed to do so.
Most notably, Rashford rejected an offer in May and no further talks seem to have been held since. A report from The Mail claimed that Rashford was after a big wage, which goes against United's policy of paying young stars big wages.
The same policy cost Manchester United Paul Pogba, who opted to join Juventus in search of more first team football and bigger pay. Having developed into one of the world's finest midfielders, Louis van Gaal will be ruining Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to let the Frenchman go.
Ferguson’s failure to tie Pogba down will be remembered as one of the biggest mistakes of his 26-year tenure, and Van Gaal can ill-afford to make the same mistake with Rashford." - Rob Swan, GiveMeSport.
Rashford could be up there with Pogba. The starlet was named as one of 20 brightest prospects in the Premier League today. While he has been labelled as a striker, those familiar with his playing style will know he prefers to drop into a deeper role. Such a style is reminiscent of Pogba, bringing a worrying familiarity to the situation.
Naturally, interest is high in Rashford. Manchester City remain keen to sign him but Rashford knows a move to the Blue side of the city will seal a lifetime of aggression from Manchester United fans.
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are also keen to take the youngster to London. Arsenal would certainly be able to offer Rashford an easier route into the first team, while Chelsea could meet his reported high wage demands.
While a move to Chelsea or Arsenal will hardly endear him to the Old Trafford faithful, it would not be nearly as bad if he were to leave for the Etihad.