Marcus Rashford is reportedly in line to earn his second new Manchester United contract in a matter of months.
The club are in “constant dialogue” with the player and his agent, according to the Mail on Sunday, and look set to hand the striker a pay rise, despite him only signing a new deal worth £1million a year in May. It’s believed the new contract could earn the 18-year-old £40,000 a week – just over £2million a year before tax.
Rashford is currently tied to the club until 2020 and United are desperate to agree a new deal and avoid a situation where his contract is allowed to run into its final 18 months, where he would then become a target for a number of clubs.
Rashford has played for England since penning his current deal and although his contract makes provision for pay rises if he hits certain targets, United will still have to upgrade his terms at appropriate times.
United lost Paul Pogba to Juventus for a nominal fee in 2012 when the club failed to agree a new deal with the midfielder who felt he should have had more first-team chances. They had to pay a world record £89m to re-sign him.
There is no danger of Rashford agitating to move but United are acutely aware that the teenage marksman needs enough first-team football over the next few years to develop.
Rashford’s reported new deal, despite being worth £40,000 a week, is still dwarfed by the club’s two top earners, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who are both reportedly paid £240,000 a week and £220,000 a week, respectively.