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Manchester United ‘fearful’ about Real Madrid’s interest in star forward – report

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According to Express (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Manchester United are anticipating a major battle in their bid to keep hold of Marcus Rashford.

After a period of disappointment, the Englishman has roared back this season, enjoying a wonderful start to the 2022/23 campaign. He has also emerged as one of England’s standout performers during the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup.

In light of his return to prominence, Manchester United are keen on prolonging the attacker’s future at Old Trafford. However, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season, Man United are increasingly fearful of losing their star player.

They are particularly fearful of the interest of Real Madrid, who are thought to be one of the clubs keeping close tabs on Rashford’s situation. They are expected to pounce on any opportunity to sign the forward, whose contract expires in 2023.

Manchester United have reportedly tabled a contract extension offer to Rashford, but the player is yet to respond. The club have the option to extend the contract for a further year, but if the player favours an exit, they could be forced to utilise the lever and sanction his sale in the summer of 2023.

Real Madrid’s interest in Rashford stems from his recent performances both for club and country. He also holds a reputation for his experience and a proven track of performing at the highest level. And with the possibility of signing the player on a cut-price deal looming, Los Blancos will be more than ready to pounce.

At the end of the day, though, the decision will be on Rashford, on whether or not he wants to continue his career at Manchester United and help the club rebuild under new coach Erik ten Hag, or join Real Madrid and become a potential long-term replacement for Karim Benzema.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano

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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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