Red Devils out to tie down star Mar­cus Rash­ford

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

BY ROB DRAPER / Jack Wil­shere has to con­tinue ply­ing his trade in the Pre­mier League if he wants to con­tinue on the path to the top says Ed­die Howe.

Manch­ester United are mak­ing plans to tie down Mar­cus Rash­ford to another deal even though the 18-year-old striker only signed a new four-year con­tract — un­der­stood to be worth more than £1 mil­lion (Sh131.5m) a year – in May.

United are stay­ing in con­stant con­tact with Rash­ford and his agent to keep him out of the clutches of po­ten­tial suit­ors from abroad.

He is tied to the club un­til 2020 and United are des­per­ate to agree a new deal and avoid a sit­u­a­tion where his con­tract is al­lowed to run into its fi­nal 18 months.

Rash­ford has played for Eng­land since pen­ning his cur­rent deal and al­though his con­tract makes pro­vi­sion for pay rises if he hits cer­tain tar­gets, United will still have to up­grade his terms at ap­pro­pri­ate times.

United lost Paul Pogba to Ju­ven­tus for a nom­i­nal fee in 2012 when the club failed to agree a new deal with the mid­fielder who felt he should have had more first-team chances.

They had to pay a world record £89m to re-sign him.

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.

Mean­while Lu­cas Moura is wanted by Manch­ester United and Jose Mour­inho ac­cord­ing to the player’s agent.

While at Sao Paulo, the Brazil­ian was strongly linked with a move to Old Traf­ford in 2012 be­fore de­cid­ing on a switch to Paris St Ger­main.

Wag­ner Ribeiro - the 24-yearold’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive - now says the Manch­esterUnited boss is keen to bring the diminu­tive winger to Eng­land af­ter fail­ing to land him while at Real Madrid.

REUTERS

Manch­ester United’s Mar­cus Rash­ford in ac­tion with Feyeno­ord’s Eric Bot­teghin./

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