Fabrizio Romano has confirmed Man Utd have secured a crucial deal Erik ten Hag craved, and two further agreements that could result in a new top earner are on the way.
The Red Devils took significant strides forward this season and appear determined to double down on their progress.
Indeed, a new centre-forward is the top priority in the transfer market. Elsewhere, additions at goalkeeper, centre-back and central midfield are all wanted.
However, just as important as signing new players is tying the cream of the crop already at the club down to fresh terms. According to Fabrizio Romano, that’s exactly what Man Utd have just done regarding starting right-back, Diogo Dalot.
The transfer guru tweeted the Portugal international, 24, “has signed” a new contract that’ll keep him at Old Trafford until 2028. His previous deal was due to expire at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.
Dalot has remained favoured over the resurgent Aaron Wan-Bissaka this season and has also displayed his versatility when deputising at left-back on multiple occasions.
Romano concluded Dalot’s renewal is a big boost for Ten Hag who sees the full-back as a key component in his project at the club.
Man Utd subsequently confirmed Dalot’s extension via their official website. The club revealed an option to extend Dalot’s stay by an extra 12 months until 2029 has been inserted into the contract.
Two more contract extensions coming?
The Manchester Evening News claimed new deals for Dalot, David De Gea and Marcus Rashford were on the agenda back in early-May.
De Gea’s current contract expires this summer, while Rashford’s has an extra 12 months to run.
United are currently in discussions with both players who may actually trade places as the club’s top earner.
De Gea currently tops the weekly wage charts at Old Trafford, pocketing £375,000-a-week. However, if the Spaniard does put pen to paper his new deal is expected to come with a greatly reduced basic salary.
Rashford, meanwhile, is expected to take De Gea’s place as the highest paid player at the club. In lieu of the best season of his career to date, the Telegraph reported Rashford is poised to earn close to what De Gea is paid right now.
When recently speaking to Viaplay, Ten Hag noted all three of he, United and Rashford are aligned in their thinking over a new deal for the frontman. As such, an agreement should be relatively straightforward to make.
“I expect Marcus Rashford to renew,” Ten Hag told Viaplay.
“He wants it. Manchester United wants it. He is a child of this club, so I assume this will happen.”