And that has put Manchester United‘s money-men in a spin with the club desperate to tie down Rashford – as the prospect of losing both Paul Pogba and David de Gea looms large.
United can’t risk losing Rashford but once again their strategy on transfer and contract negotiations is in the spotlight after allowing the local-born striker to get within a year of being a free agent.
Boss Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer knows he could lose the 21-year-old England striker if United don’t cough up – with Barcelona huge admirers.
Rashford has only one more year left on his current deal and although United have been in negotiations with his advisors they appear no closer to agreement over a fresh contract.
The youngster, who burst on the scene in spectacular style when given his chance by former boss Louis van Gaal in February 2016, is in no hurry to leave Old Trafford and is happy at the club.
But he knows other suitors are willing to pay him big bucks – with Barcelona at the head of the queue.
Rashford believes his development warrants a contract even bigger than the £270,000 Pogba currently earns.
And his advisors have pointed out that week in, week out Rashford offers better value and commitment than £450,000-week Chilean mis-fit Alexis Sanchez.
There’s no arguing against that – or the fact that Rashford is one of the most highly-prized young strikers in the game.
But critics claim 45 goals in 120 senior appearances for club and country should be better for a striker with so much pace and potential.
Rashford only scored ten Premier League goals in 33 appearances last season prompting criticism and social media ridicule that Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos scored more goals than the United star in less games.
But Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, a United target, claimed Rashofrd has been his toughest opponent – and United inists they are doing everything to make sure the striker stays at Old Trafford.