A high profile player could move the opposite way to Marcel Sabitzer, with a German report claiming Bayern Munich have hatched a plan to deprive Man Utd of Marcus Rashford.
The Red Devils sanctioned a deadline-beating move to sign Austria international Sabitzer last month. The Bayern raid arose thanks entirely to the ankle injury suffered by Christian Eriksen.
But while the Dane will eventually return to full fitness, his recovery won’t necessarily mean Sabitzer doesn’t have a future at Old Trafford.
Indeed, ESPN recently revealed just one simple thing Sabitzer must do to earn a permanent move. His loan deal doesn’t contain an option to buy, meaning a summer deal will have to be negotiated from scratch.
However, an eye-catching report from German outlet BILD has claimed Bayern have hatched a plan that would see Rashford move the other way.
The 25-year-old has unquestionably been the Premier League’s best player since the World Cup. His tally since Qatar stands at an impressive 13 goals in 15 matches.
United recently triggered the one-year extension in Rashford’s deal that extended his stay until 2024.
Talks over a longer-term extension have taken place and both talkSPORT and the Manchester Evening News reports it’s been relatively smooth sailing.
However, in the event negotiations break down – potentially over Erik ten Hag’s ‘Ronaldo rule’ – Bayern will be ready to pounce.
Bayern want Rashford on a free
BILD report Bayern fully acknowledge they cannot sanction the type of fee Rashford would command on the open market.
But in the event Rashford doesn’t pen fresh terms, they’ve got their eye on a free agent swoop ahead of the 2024 season.
In Rashford doesn’t put pen to paper at Old Trafford, he’ll be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs come January of 2024.
Bayern are still searching for their heir to Robert Lewandowski. Another target is Tottenham’s Harry Kane and like Rashford, he’s currently scheduled to become a free agent at the end of next season.
Ironically, Kane is also one of two primary candidates United have earmarked as a high-profile successor to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The other is Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, with loanee Wout Weghorst only a short-term fix.
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