Manchester United is reportedly undergoing a transformation in its recruitment strategy under the direction of Sir Jim Ratcliffe, focusing on a blend of youth and data-driven analytics. Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is eyeing Marcus Rashford as a potential replacement for Kylian Mbappe.
As speculation swirls around Mbappe’s impending move to Real Madrid, PSG is already exploring options to fill the void left by the French superstar. AC Milan’s Rafael Leao and RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko have been linked as potential targets, with Rashford emerging as a renewed point of interest for the Ligue 1 giants.
Despite Rashford’s recent struggles on and off the pitch under manager Erik ten Hag, PSG remains intrigued by the English forward’s potential. Transfer expert Ben Jacobs revealed PSG’s prior interest in Rashford, suggesting that the club felt they were previously leveraged by the player to secure a more lucrative contract with Manchester United.
While Rashford committed his future to United with a new deal worth £300,000 per week until 2028, PSG remains attentive to any indication of a change in his stance regarding his future. Jacobs noted that a potential move to PSG would necessitate clear buy-in from Rashford himself.
In the midst of this transfer speculation, Manchester United’s new minority shareholder, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is spearheading a recruitment drive aimed at revitalizing the squad. Reports suggest that the club is prioritizing data analysis and youth prospects in its quest for improvement.
Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise and Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite have emerged as prime targets for United, with both players impressing with their performances this season. Branthwaite’s loan spell at PSV Eindhoven garnered praise from former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, while Olise has been a standout winger in the Premier League.
Additionally, United is utilizing data analysis to identify players with expiring contracts, aiming to secure quality signings while adhering to Premier League financial regulations. Players such as Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich, Lille’s Jonathan David, and Nice’s Khephren Thuram are reportedly on United’s radar as they usher in a new era under Ratcliffe’s ownership.
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