Marcus Rashford's team are reportedly using interest from Manchester City to make sure that the striker gets the deal he wants at Manchester United, with just 12 months left of his current deal.
Manchester United fans will be all too familiar with players using interest from their club just to make sure the player involved gets a better deal at his current club.
The most obvious example was Sergio Ramos. The Spain defender was apparently all ready to leave Real Madrid a couple of years ago and Manchester United were ready to pounce and sign him. But it soon became apparent that Ramos just wanted a new deal at the Bernabeu.
Right now United have a few contract issues of their own to sort out with David de Gea reportedly delaying signing a new deal, Juan Mata's contract over but nothing decided on his future and Marcus Rashford yet to put pen to paper.
The striker only has a year left on his current contract, but United do have an option of another year, and, according to the Metro, is reportedly using Pep Guardiola's 'interest' in him to try and get more money out of his current team.
The article doesn't state that City are trying to sign the Mancunian born forward but in 2017 Pep Guardiola admitted his admiration for Rashford saying, "All of them (United's English players) they are perfect. Rashford is a big talent, of course, and Lingard. England is safe, you have outstanding players."
Guardiola would apparently sign the player in 'a heartbeat' if given the chance and that's what is allowing Rashford's representatives to boost the cost of his clients deal, as is an interest from Barcelona.
City fans didn't sound convinced by the idea generally:
There's no way that United would sell the 21 year old to their local rivals so Rashford would have to wait for his contract to run out if he were to sign.
The striker, who made his debut under Louis van Gaal in 2016, is thought to want around £200,000 per week and whilst the Red Devils aren't yet in a rush to extend his deal they wouldn't want him to be in the same situation in a year's time.
Next summer the Premier League side could extend his deal by a year automatically but would then be in the same situation they are in with De Gea right now.
Will Rashford sign on United's dotted line?