Report: Juventus Intensify Interest in Manchester United's Marcus Rashford

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Marcus Rashford of Manchester United is challenged by Alex Sandro of Juventus and Blaise Matuidi of Juventus during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford on October 23, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Juventus are reportedly monitoring Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford and have created a "dossier" on the developing forward.

According to Paul Joyce of The Times (h/t Metro), the Italian champions have put the England international on a list of potential targets, with the Old Lady exploring their options to further strengthen their stellar squad.

Per Joyce, the 21-year-old is under contract at Old Trafford until 2020, and the Red Devils have the option to extend his deal by 12 months. However, Juve's interest could unsettle United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, with the Manchester club intent on holding onto their local talents.

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 07: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United gestures during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Juventus and Manchester United at  on November 7, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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The Wythenshawe-born player was given his debut by former United manager Louis van Gaal in 2015, and the attacker has not looked back as he developed physically.

Steve Goodman of The Sun recently reported Juve could put together a £65 million offer for Rashford. The deal could be tempting for Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese needing improved variation in his attack to support Romelu Lukaku.

Rashford has been in direct competition with Anthony Martial for a left-sided berth since Mourinho arrived two years ago, but the Frenchman has temporarily won that battle with a fantastic run of form.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Marcus Rashford of England in action with Andrej Kramaric of Croatia during the UEFA Nations League A group four match between England and Croatia at Wembley Stadium on November 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by
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Lukaku's inconsistency has meant Rashford has featured through the middle, but Mourinho's attack remains muddled and unpredictable.

Rashford represents United's primary academy product alongside Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, but Pogba left for Juve to make his name before returning to the Theatre of Dreams. The Englishman could follow this example if he feels he's not developing under Mourinho.

The attacker has made a splash for the Three Lions, with Harry Kane as the perfect striker to feature with Rashford.

Journalist Tom McDermott highlighted the player's international performances:

Tom McDermott @MrTomMcDermott

Rashford once again showing that he is a completely different player for England #MUFC

The opportunity for Rashford to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin could be hugely tempting for Rashford, but Woodward is likely to offer the Mancunian excellent terms when a new deal is in the offing.

United cannot afford to lose its homegrown talent, with the club experiencing a difficult transition, and Mourinho's future remaining uncertain during a tumultuous period of results.

Rashford could develop into a prolific goal threat in the coming years, but United must make sure he is scoring goals for them in the Premier League, and not in Serie A for Massimiliano Allegri's side.