Red Devils out to tie down star Marcus Rashford
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.
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford in action with Feyenoord’s Eric Botteghin./