Man Utd are increasingly confident they’ll secure three huge deals, with Barcelona and PSG to be cast aside in one instance and a major boost for the club’s money men coming in another, per a report.
Just as important as signing brand new players is a club’s ability to retain those already at their disposal. To that end, Man Utd recently announced new contracts for Luke Shaw and Alejandro Garnacho.
Shaw is a guaranteed pick in Ten Hag’s strongest eleven, while Garnacho is among the most exciting young forwards the Premier League has to offer.
However, according to the Manchester Evening News, three further deals are on the horizon and all regard starters in Ten Hag’s team.
Back in December, Man Utd triggered one-year extensions in the contracts of Diogo Dalot and Marcus Rashford.
The idea was always to buy time ahead of negotiation new, long-term contracts. Per the MEN, talks are ongoing with the pair and United are ‘confident’ they’ll wrap up negotiations before the end of the campaign.
In doing so, Ten Hag will be retaining arguably his best player in Rashford. The 25-year-old has enjoyed his best season to date at Old Trafford having bagged an impressive 29 goals and 11 assists across all competitions.
The club’s so-called ‘Ronaldo rule’ – limiting the top end salaries Man Utd fork out – had been speculated as a potential stumbling block for Rashford.
What’s more, Barcelona have long admired the player and reports emerged in January of PSG being willing to offer double what Man Utd are willing to pay.
However, Rashford only has eyes for his boyhood club and per the MEN, new deals for he and Dalot should be secured in the next few weeks.
De Gea to make it three – but on Man Utd-friendly deal
Elsewhere, a new contract for goalkeeper David de Gea is anticipated too.
De Gea is Man Utd’s top earner at £375,000-a-week and doubts over his suitability to Ten Hag’s style sparked rumours he could be axed at season’s end. De Gea remains imperious with the gloves, though is painfully limited with his feet.
United opted against activating De Gea’s 12-month extension back in December. Instead, they hoped to forge a new agreement from scratch that would also include a sizeable pay-cut.
De Gea is understood to have rejected United’s first offer. However, the MEN now report De Gea too is expected to reach a compromise and commit his future to the club.
TEAMtalk recently revealed Ten Hag is the driving force behind a De Gea extension and the Dutchman has ordered the United board to get a deal done.
Nonetheless, a hefty wage decrease does look to be on the cards which will no doubt be greeted with a smile from the club’s financial department.