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Transfer Talk: Manchester United all-in to keep Rashford at Old Trafford

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TOP STORY: Rashford key to Ole’s United rebuild

It has been a season of chaos at Old Trafford, but Manchester United are intent on ensuring that Marcus Rashford is going nowhere, despite the consistent speculation linking him with a move away from the club. So says The Sun, although Rashford himself is still unsure about committing his future to the club.

United are desperate for the 21-year-old England star to put pen to paper on a contract that will take him beyond the next two years. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to start the enormous rebuilding job facing him by making sure that Rashford plays a key role next season and beyond.

David De Gea has been similarly noncommittal, with the likes of PSG keen on snatching him from United. The thought of losing either player would be enough to give most United fans nightmares, and if you snooze you lose in the Premier League.

Solskjaer, though, knows the task at hand and is unlikely to get caught sleeping on the job.

Marcus Rashford, Manchester United
There should be plenty of comings and goings at Old Trafford this summer, but the team is desperate to keep Marcus Rashford.

No resting on laurels at City

Pep Guardiola is a man who likes to keep his squad on their toes — and the Spaniard is at it again on the eve of the FA Cup final. The Telegraph reports that City’s title-winning manager is preparing to spend big this summer in a bid to keep his squad hungry for success, with a number of potential signings on the cards at a club that managed to snatch the title from a Liverpool side that lost just once all season.

On the wish list are Rodri, the Atletico Madrid midfielder, and also Palace prodigy Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a full-back who is also likely to be targeted by Manchester United.

The exit door at the Etihad could also be working overtime this summer, with Danilo, Nicola Otamendi and Fabian Delph thought to be on the verge of packing their bags.

Italian clubs might bail Ramires out of CSL

It always seemed like a transfer that would end in tears — and now it has.

Former Chelsea favourite Ramires has been released from contract with Jiangsu Suning six months early, although his departure is unlikely to be mourned in China given he hasn’t actually kicked a ball since May 2018.

And that news has started a scramble for his signature, with clubs from Italy, Portugal and Brazil preparing to make a move for the Brazilian, according to Globo Esporte.

Ramires played just 71 competitive matches for the Chinese side since his head-scratching move east in 2016. That’s hardly a healthy return on investment given he cost an eye-watering £25 million.

Now both Inter Milan and Lazio are vying for his services, although they face a battle with Brazilian sides Cruzeiro, Palmeiras and Atletico Mineiro and Portuguese giants Benfica. Where Ramires ends up is anyone’s guess, but one thing is clear: He’ll need plenty of time to get fit given his 12 months of inactivity.

Tap-ins

– According to the Daily Mail, Everton are after Jonas Lossl following his release from Huddersfield following their dismal showing in the Premier League. Everton want cover for Jordan Pickford, who hardly enjoyed an unblemished season on Merseyside, and Lossl is available as a free agent after Huddersfield’s top-flight relegation.

– Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothy Weah has said he wants to establish himself with the French champions next season after returning from a loan spell at Celtic. The U.S. international, who spent the second half of the campaign in Scotland, said it was his dream to establish himself alongside Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

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