Rashford clause to kick-on over new deal impasse
Manchester United's talks with Marcus Rashford are continuing to drag on as the club are set to take up their option of another year.
The Red Devils opened fresh negotiations in February with the Old Trafford and England striker, who has been dragging his heels over a new five-year proposal since last summer.
United expected a quick resolution after Rashford began enjoying his football once again under the steadying hand of caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Rashford has been a virtual ever-present since the Norwegian replaced sacked Jose Mourinho at the end of December, relegating Romelu Lukaku to the bench.
However, United sources state the club are in a hurry to have Rashford boxed-off before the end of the season, even if that means taking some of the pressure away by activating their 12-month option.
They know Real Madrid have a huge admiration for the Three Lions starlet and they would not think twice of taking advantage with a low-ball summer offer, should the Rashford camp hand them any encouragement.
United remain confident the Manchester-born academy graduate wants to remain at the Theatre of Dreams and the wait is simply down to brinkmanship over wages.
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