Fabrizio Romano says 'world-class' striker is 'not even negotiating' any new deal with his club after Arsenal links
Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, a reported target for Arsenal.
The transfer guru was speaking on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE ahead of the Premier League return to action.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners reportedly want to sign the England striker.
Arsenal are apparently monitoring developments in case he becomes available.
The Gunners are likely to make changes to their front line in summer.
Arsenal let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave in January, leaving them with just two senior strikers in their ranks.
Also, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are out of contract at the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Rashford is reportedly considering his future at Old Trafford.
At the start of March, Romano tweeted that the 24-year-old was unhappy due to a lack of game time.
Rashford didn’t even start against Manchester City despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.
“Of course it’s not the best moment – in March – to say something like that,” Romano said on FIVE at the time.
“But at the same point for the player it’s something that he’s really desperate.
“He wants to play, he wants to be a starter.”
“It’s up to Marcus”
The Englishman’s contract runs out in 2023, though United do have a year’s option.
However, ESPN recently claimed the Red Devils were ready to open contract talks with Rashford and Luke Shaw.
FIVE co-host Joel Beya asked Romano about the ESPN report regarding the “world-class” forward.
The Italian said no talks were actually going on, but at the same time, he felt there was no rush on either side.
“From what I’m told, no, they’re not even negotiating a new contract at the moment,” replied Romano
“It’s up to Marcus, he’s waiting for the manager and so it’s always the same situation.
“He’s still waiting, considering his future, but at the moment he’s in no rush to sign a new contract, absolutely.
“He wants to understand about Man United’s plans and project, what kind of manager will be appointed, what kind of ideas he will have for Rashford.
“It’s still something open, United have a clause to extend the contract for one more season, so they’re not in danger with Rashford’s situation.”
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