Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has emerged as a potential transfer target for Chelsea. With the England international’s contract due to expire next summer (though the club do have an option to extend it by a further year), his long-term future is up in the air. So Express Sport will now take a look at four players the Red Devils may demand in return for the 24-year-old – providing they opt to cash in on him.
United were eyeing Christian Pulisic this summer, with the Chelsea star previously on their radar during the years where Jose Mourinho ruled the roost.
In the end, they didn’t land the USA international with Erik ten Hag opting to reunite with Antony instead.
However, if Chelsea do come calling for Rashford, then United may try and land the former Borussia Dortmund star in return.
It’ll be interesting to see how Pulisic fares at Stamford Bridge now Chelsea have sacked Thomas Tuchel and replace him with former Brighton boss Graham Potter.
If he’s not a regular by the end of the campaign, however, it’s possible he’ll push to leave west London for a new challenge…
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Like Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi is another player who struggled for Chelsea during Ten Hag’s time in the dugout.
He’s currently spending the season out on loan at Bayer Leverkusen, though Todd Boehly intervened to prevent a buyout clause being installed in the agreement.
But, again like Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi has been of interest to United in the past.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyed the England international during his spell in the dugout, though was unable to land the Chelsea star due to the rivalry between the two clubs.
United could ask for Hudson-Odoi in return for Rashford, however, if the Blues decide to go after the England forward.
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Ten Hag was keen on recruiting Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea back in the summer transfer window.
However, the heavyweights among the hierarchy ultimately ruled out a move for the Morocco international due to the fact he’s struggled during his time in the Premier League.
On his day, however, Ziyech can be world-class.
He would be able to fit into Ten Hag’s system, having previously played under the 52-year-old at Ajax in the Eredivisie.
Whether the United board would perform a U-turn when it comes to the playmaker is currently unclear, however…
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Chelsea would likely resist all efforts from any club to try and sign Reece James.
But United would want a superstar to arrive if they parted ways with Rashford, especially how he was developed as an academy graduate.
So, with Ten Hag wanting a new right-back, this swap deal would suit the Red Devils more than any other.
James is one of the world’s best full-backs, despite enduring a difficult start to the season so far.
Admittedly, however, the prospect of a swap deal involving James and Rashford does appear rather remote…
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What’s the situation with Rashford?
United want Rashford to stay and sign a new contract.
This was recently confirmed by Ten Hag, who said: “I don’t think he’s out of contract and I think United control the situation.”
Quizzed further on the England international, the Dutchman added: “It’s difficult for me to talk about the past. What I see is a happy Marcus Rashford.
“We worked really hard the last two months with him on different aspects. He likes it, he wants to transfer it to the pitch.”
Rashford may have other ideas, however, especially if United end the season without a trophy once again…