It seems like only yesterday when Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene at Manchester United, and three years later the striker is still getting better.
The 21-year-old is currently having his best season with the Red Devils, scoring 13 goals and assisting nine in all competitions this season, and with his contract expiring next year, it is understandable that the club are in a rush to offer the England international a new deal.
On just £45,000-a-week according to Spotrac, the United favourite is in need of a wage boost, but the Mirror have taken this to the extreme and claimed Rashford is to be offered a £300,000-a-week, or just over £15 million a year, in an attempt to keep the striker in Manchester for the foreseeable future.
To put this into context, Rashford would be on £100,000 more than Harry Kane, England’s best striker and a genuine contender for the best centre forward in the world, and less than what Kylian Mbappe reportedly makes at PSG, the only teenager other than Pele to score in a World Cup final.
There is no question that Rashford could one day in the future be a player who justifies being on £300,000-a-week. After all, player wages are rising every year and we have already seen United not have one, but two players on wages that exceeded what the Mirror are saying the 21-year-old might be offered.
But Rashford is a player who is far from being at the top of his game. If United were to double or even triple the wages the striker is on now, that would seem like a fair pay rise, but to invest £78 million into a player who is not in his prime or could never progress at all is a financially stupid move from the club, who need investing in other areas.
This summer is to be one where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tries to lower the wage bill if anything, with the club likely to attempt to shift off Alexis Sanchez and his Premier League record £400,000-a-week contract for good, and if United are to manage that only to give Rashford £300,000-a-week, then the Red Devils are setting themselves up for another big financial loss.
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