Marcus Rashford & Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus have ‘real interest’ in Man United forward

Marcus Rashford & Cristiano Ronaldo

Could Marcus Rashford soon be playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Italy?

The Times are reporting that Juventus are keen on signing the Manchester United striker on Tuesday.

Rashford, 21, is under contract at Man United until 2020. The Times also note that United have an option to extend Rashford’s contract by another year.

That would seem to suggest that the Red Devils are in a strong bargaining position to retain Rashford’s services.

But could the England international forward look to force his way out of Old Trafford?

There’s no mention of that in the Times, however readers will surely speculate how Rashford may respond to an offer to move to Juve.

Times & Paul Joyce

A quick note on the source of the ‘Marcus Rashford and Juventus’ story.

There’s a little more than a month to go before the January transfer window opens.

That timeframe should set off alarm bells for football fans as stories of possible transfer rumours will surely step up in the next few weeks.

Unlike the tabloids, the Times has a slightly better reputation when it comes to pushing transfer gossip.

Does that mean the Times can be relied upon to report sure-to-happen transfer deals? In short, no.

Yet it’s also worth noting that journalist Paul Joyce was the author of this latest Juve and Rashford story.

Paul Joyce has an excellent reputation of accuracy and truth-telling.

What else you need to know about Rashford & Juventus

There are a couple of key sentences in the Times’s report on Juve’s interest in Rashford:

Juventus are compiling a dossier on Marcus Rashford as they firm up their interest in the Manchester United striker.

Juventus’s interest is not only real, but serves to illustrate the calibre of club monitoring the progress of the homegrown talent who burst on to the scene in February 2016 with four goals in two matches.

This season for Man United, Rashford has scored twice in the Premier League.

The forward has struggled to lock down a starting berth in Jose Mourinho’s XI.

Man United: David De Gea & Paul Pogba

In total, three Man United stars are all linked with possible moves to Juventus today.

Sticking with the report in the Times, David De Gea is also rumoured to be a Juve target.

De Gea is out of contract at Man United at the end of the season, while reports over the weekend linked Everton’s Jordan Pickford with the Red Devils.

Paul Pogba has also been linked with a possible return to Turin for some time.

The Mirror peddle the rumour that Pogba has ‘said yes’ over a return to Juve.

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