Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is ready to sign a bumper new contract, after Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was confirmed as the permanent manager.
As per a report from Daily Mail, Manchester United star striker Marcus Rashford is finally set to put an end to the speculation surrounding his contract situation, as he is ready to sign a new five-year deal worth a bumper £150,000-a-week in wages.
Rashford will be entering the final year of his current contract with Manchester United at the end of the season. Although the Red Devils have the option to extend it by a further twelve months, the situation had led to a lot of concern among the supporters.
Negotiations over a new deal had been going on for a while now, but the report claims that Rashford was unsure of penning a new deal as he had grown disillusioned with life under former manager Jose Mourinho. However, things have taken a turn for the positive for the 21-year-old ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins from the Portuguese in December last year.
Under the Norwegian, Rashford’s form has improved drastically, with the Manchester United academy graduate netting as many as nine goals in his last nineteen matches. The England international was on the scoresheet on Saturday as Manchester United defeated Watford 2-1 in what was Solskjaer’s first match in-charge after being confirmed as the permanent manager.
The report claims that Solskjaer’s appointment as the full-time boss, which was announced earlier this week, has played an important role in convincing Rashford to put pen to a new contract. The 21-year-old enjoys a great relationship with the Norwegian and has benefited from his experience of having played at Manchester United previously.
This development is likely to come as a bitter blow for La Liga champions Barcelona. The Catalans were reportedly targeting a summer move for Rashford, as they seek a long-term replacement for star striker Luis Suarez, who has shown slight signs of age catching up with him in the ongoing campaign.
Rashford’s new deal worth £150,000-a-week would see him more than double his current wages and make him the fifth-highest earner at Manchester United, the report from Daily Mail adds.
Manchester United have tied up a number of players to new contracts recently, with the likes of Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay, Anthony Martial all signing new deals. They will now be hoping that Rashford also joins the list, although concerns remain over the situations of Spanish trio Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and David de Gea.