Manchester United are reportedly set to offer Marcus Rashford a new deal – in the hope of avoiding losing him for a nominal fee as they did Paul Pogba in 2012.
Rashford burst onto the United first-team scene in February of this year, and has continued to rise to every challenge asked of him.
He scored on his Europa League and Premier League debuts for the club, as well as his international debut with England, and struck a hat-trick on his bow for the under-21 side.
Having impressed this season under Jose Mourinho, United are now considering renewing Rashford’s deal, despite the fact he only signed a new one in May.
The striker’s current deal runs until 2020, but the Daily Mail are among the many outlets to report that ‘United are staying in constant contact with Rashford and his agent to keep him out of the clutches of potential suitors from abroad’.
The club wish to avoid a scenario whereby the teenager is left with 18 months on his contract, having lost Paul Pogba in similar circumstances when he left for Juventus in 2012. Four years later, he returned to Old Trafford for £89m.
Rob Draper of the Mail adds: ‘There is no danger of Rashford agitating to move but United are acutely aware that the teenage marksman needs enough first-team football over the next few years to develop.’