Marcus Rashford was suspended for a new deal from Manchester United, with the striker claiming £ 200,000 a week

  • Marcus Rashford is reluctant to sign a new Manchester United contract
  • Rashford, whose deal expires in the summer of 2020, wants 200,000 pounds a week
  • The 21-year-old striker has been linked to a move to Spanish giants Barcelona

Marcus Rashford is battling Manchester United for a new contract as the scale of rebuilding for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becomes clear.

Rashford was relegated to Barcelona on Tuesday evening ahead of United's Champions League exit at Nou Camp, a 3-0 defeat that underscored the yawning class difference between the two clubs.

United was disappointed with the timing of the reports and insisted that Rashford was not for sale.

The Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford, remains at the signing ceremony

The Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford, remains at the signing ceremony

The Club Academy product, born in Manchester, is the last player they want to lose. It is known that the interest from Barcelona is real, even though the Spaniards admit that it will be very difficult to lift the 21-year old striker from Old Trafford.

Speculation is playing into Rashford's camp at a time when talks about a new contract have begun. His deal expires at the end of next season, although United has the option to extend it by 12 months.

Initial negotiations were described as positive and the club should take a relaxed approach to the situation.

However, Rashford's representatives are in no hurry to get involved if they are in such a strong bargaining position and believe they can vote for Europe's top clubs.

Rashford, whose deal expires at the end of next season, demands £ 200,000 a week

Rashford, whose deal expires at the end of next season, demands £ 200,000 a week

They are looking for wages of more than £ 200,000 a week. It is expected that Rashford will play a key role after displacing Romelu Lukaku as United-Choice striker.

The English international has discovered his top form under Solskjaer and was probably the best player of United in both legs against Barcelona.

However, the manager is reported to have seen a change in Rashford's behavior on the pitch in recent weeks, noting the uncharacteristic tendency of the adolescent to show his discomfort and sometimes even sulk.

There is also concern that Paul Pogba is slowly getting on his tracks and losing focus, while Anthony Martial's performance at Nou Camp was typical of a player whose form has dramatically declined since signing a new contract at the end of January.

Paul Pogba tries to escape on Tuesday evening at Camp Nou by Philippe Coutinho

Paul Pogba tries to escape on Tuesday evening at Camp Nou by Philippe Coutinho

The situation in Rashford illustrates the problems that United is facing as they seek to become a major European force under Solskjaer.

The Norwegian confirmed the task ahead of him after a humble defeat in Spain and said: "That is the level we must strive for. We can get there, but we have a lot to do.

"I've been saying all the time, it's not going to change overnight. The next few years will be enormous, to reach the level of Barcelona and other teams. & # 39;

Not only does United have to launch a comprehensive overhaul of the squad this summer, but also convince key players such as Rashford, Pogba and David de Gea to stay with the club clearly in transition. One year after moving to Barcelona, ​​Pogba is associated with the move to Real Madrid.

The 21-year-old has found his best form under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The 21-year-old has found his best form under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Madrid could also renew the De Gea persecution as Zinedine Zidane returned to the Bernabeu, while Paris Saint-Germain remains interested in the goalkeeper, whose indifferent season continued with a terrible mistake for Barcelona's second goal.

MARCUS RASHFORD's record this season

Premier League: 28 games, 10 goals, seven assists

Champions League: 10 games, two goals, one assist

FA cup: Four games, one goal, one assist

Total: 42 games, 13 goals, nine assists

The Old Trafford hierarchy has given priority to the signing of two central midfielders, a right and a right winger, but it is unlikely that they will stop there after a Barcelona inspired by Lionel Messi has discovered the inadequacies of a team that urgently Changes are needed.

Four of United's last five at Nou Camp – De Gea, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling – were in the squad when Sir Alex Ferguson's team left the Champions League for Basel in 2011.

This raises questions regarding the decision to award Smalling and Jones recently new long-term contracts – Young has also agreed to a 12-month extension – and United's claim that they will not have to sign a new center this summer.

The club has offered new offers to midfielders Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, although Herrera will almost certainly start for PSG. Mata will probably do as well as Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian.

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