PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has decided that Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford will be the French side’s top target this summer.
The Independent says that Tuchel believes that England doesn’t realise how good a player Rashford actually is.
The German is a big fan of Rashford’s directness and versatility. He also admires the fact that he has developed into a leader, both on and off the pitch.
PSG may be willing to pay the £100m+ that it would take to get him out of Old Trafford.
Rashford himself is thought to be content at his boyhood club but would be willing to listen to offers.
Would Rashford leave home?
Rashford’s Man United career made a flying start, and he hasn’t really looked back since.
He quickly became a key player under Louis Van Gaal, at a very young age.
His progress did slow to an extent under Jose Mourinho, but he has reached new heights since Ole-Gunnar Solksjaer took charge in late 2018.
He did pick up a back injury before lockdown that was set to keep him out until next season, but the enforced break meant that he only missed nine games in total.
The Red Devils are in a rich vein of form since football’s return.
Solksjaer has delivered an unlikely push for top four, which indicates a promising future at the club.
Rashford is the main man in United’s attack, and they hope he will be for the next decade.
Would he really want to leave the team he supported as a boy, who are also one of the biggest clubs in the world?
Yet, the prospect of playing at Europe’s newest superpower is a tantalising one all the same.
Would he fit in at PSG?
In Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, PSG have two of the world’s best attackers. They have also signed Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal from Inter to play between of them.
The front three is one of the best in the world.
Yet Tuchel feels that Rashford would help take the Paris attack to new levels.
His versatility is one of the key reasons that the manager is such a fan. But is Rashford really that versatile?
While he began his career as a striker, it is clear that his best position is on the left-wing. He is better at running at defenders than running in behind them.
While he was always going to be a great player, his progress slowed when he was played as the central striker.
He is certainly more comfortable on the left flank – where Neymar usually plays.
However, Rashford’s ability does make him a no-brainer, especially because Neymar is getting older and is constantly linked with a move away.
If he does stay, the Brazilian could easily play in the no.10 role behind Mbappe, Icardi and Rashford, with Marco Veratti and Idrissa Gueye in a midfield double pivot.
An attack like this one could well deliver PSG’s holy grail – the Champions League trophy.