Bayern Munich register interest in Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford ahead of the summer transfer window
According to The Telegraph (Subscription Required), Bayern Munich have taken an interest in Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window, with the German giants looking to bolster their attacking ranks.
Bayern finished the 2021/22 campaign as Bundesliga winners, ending the season with a comfortable eight-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund. However, they faced disappointment in the UEFA Champions League, where they only managed to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
Having won the UCL in 2020, the Bavarians will be looking to pick up the European title once again beyond the summer. To achieve this, they are expected to dip into the transfer market in the summer in search of talented players who can make a strong contribution.
They seem to have identified Rashford as a potential transfer target, with the Englishman’s past performances for United impressing the German side. Having come through the academy ranks at Carrington, the 24-year-old has become an established star in the Red Devils first team.
Impress the new manager
Despite Rashford enduring arguably one of the worst seasons of his career this time around, Bayern are keeping an eye on his situation in the event their other targets in the summer become unavailable. Despite interest from abroad, the England international is said to be fully focussed on winning back his place in the team under new manager Erik ten Hag.
In an attempt to rediscover his best form, the academy graduate is expected to travel to the United States in order to spend his holiday next month working hard to improve his fitness and performance levels. The Manchester side’s pre-season starts on June 27, and the forward is keen to make a fresh start next term.
Under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, the Englishman barely got any starts in the team and was reduced to making appearances from the bench. Once a prominent face on the flanks, he saw his position in the side occupied by Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga this term.
He was not given any opportunities to shine down the middle in attack, with Rashford falling down the pecking order behind veterans Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani. Even when the pair were injured or unavailable, Rangnick overlooked the Carrington product.
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With the World Cup coming around later this year, Rashford finds himself at risk of failing to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the tournament in Qatar later. However, he is looking to make a fresh start at United under ten Hag in order to rediscover his form and confidence to force himself into Southgate’s plans.
Only time will tell if Rashford is able to achieve his objectives in the coming weeks. It is encouraging to see the player plan to work so hard in order to win back his place in the squad, which is sure to go down well with fans. He has always been a crowd favourite, and Old Trafford will be keen to see him flourish once again.