Marcus Rashford is reportedly considering his future at Manchester United with the forward having struggled for first-team football this season.
Rashford underwent surgery to correct a shoulder issue following England’s Euro 2020 campaign and has failed to find his finest form since returning to club football.
The 24-year-old has started just nine games in the Premier League this season, with each of his four goals having come from the bench.
Having been omitted from the starting side for last weekend’s Manchester Derby – despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani – speculation has centred around a possible exit for a player whose contract expires in 2023.
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Roma – 14/1
Roma are 14/1 odds to sign Rashford in a move that would see the forward reunite with Jose Mourinho in the Italian capital.
Rashford developed into a first-team regular during Mourinho’s spell at Old Trafford, having burst onto the scene under the management of predecessor Louis van Gaal.
The move to Serie A would provide Rashford with a new challenge after a stagnant period at Manchester United, whilst Roma possess some familiar faces in Mourinho, former Red Devils’ teammates Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and England colleague Tammy Abraham.
Abraham has gone from strength to strength since swapping Chelsea for Rome, scoring 20 goals in all competitions in a move Rashford could take encouragement from.
However, speaking to Rio Ferdinand’s Between the Lines show on BT Sport in 2021, Rashford spoke on how Mourinho’s rigid tactics failed to bring the best from him.
“I think that’s when we play our best football,” Rashford said on positional fluidity.
“I think under Jose, it was a bit like ‘you play there, you play there and you play there’.
“You can do a job but it is difficult for me to play my best football.”
Tottenham – 10/1
Tottenham could be in the market for forward additions this summer, regardless on whether Harry Kane again pushes for a move away from north London.
The arrival of Rashford would provide the 28-year-old with an improved supporting cast in attacking areas, with the duo having been long-term teammates with England at international level.
Antonio Conte could also find the project of rediscovering Rashford’s best form attractive, having taken a number of unwanted Manchester United assets – including Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian – and turned them into a title-winning team at Inter Milan.
Spurs remain reliant on Kane and Son Heung-Min for goals with no other player having managed more than two in the Premier League this season.
West Ham – 8/1
West Ham are in need of forward additions this summer, with the Hammers’ push for Champions League football having stalled amid a lack of options in the final third.
Michail Antonio remains the club’s sole recognised option at centre-forward and Rashford would provide another regular source of goals – whether used centrally or wide – for David Moyes’ side.
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The England international scored 20+ goals in each of the past two campaigns for the Red Devils and his signing would represent a significant coup for a West Ham team trying to catch England’s elite.
Jesse Lingard excelled after leaving Manchester United on loan for West Ham last season and Rashford could follow a similar path as he looks to relaunch his career.
Arsenal – 7/1
Arsenal are understood to be preparing another busy summer of transfer business, after Mikel Arteta spent £142m to overhaul his squad at the Emirates last summer.
The Gunners replaced unwanted and underperforming assets with a core of emerging names, the likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Martin Odegaard having made a huge impression this season.
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The north Londoners are believed to be interested in signing two new forwards and a winger this summer, roles Rashford can fill if he chooses to sign for a side seemingly on an upward trajectory after a difficult period.
United may be unwilling to do business with the Gunners, however, given the two are direct rivals for the top four positions in the Premier League.
Newcastle – 4/1
Newcastle are the bookmakers’ favourites to sign Rashford from Manchester United, as the Magpies prepare to begin a new era next season.
Eddie Howe has done an impressive job in stabilising the side and moving Newcastle away from the Premier League’s relegation places, with attentions beginning to turn towards next season after five wins from their last six fixtures.
Newcastle will have the resources to tempt the Red Devils into a sale this summer and Rashford would represent a statement signing for the new regime.
Howe has shown his ability to revitalise stalling careers with the likes Joelinton, Ryan Fraser and Fabian Schar enjoying a new lease of life in recent weeks and the chance to work with the skilled but stagnating Rashford would be one the former Bournemouth boss would relish.