Manchester United are growing increasingly confident of tying Marcus Rashford to a new long-term deal as the young striker has been reluctant to commit his future to Old Trafford amid interest from Barcelona, who have made contact with the England international’s camp last month.
The Catalan giants were understood to view the striker’s pace and versatility as the key attributes they were looking for in players who could dovetail with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Marcus Rashford, for his part, was seeking a significant pay-rise and demanding a package worth £300,000-a-week that would bring him in line with the club’s top earners in Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba.
According to the BBC, Marcus Rashford may have to settle for a smaller pay increase, but significant progress has been made in recent week and it is looking likely that an agreement can be reached.
The Red Devils confirmed their second summer signing on Saturday after finally agreeing a £50 million deal with Crystal Palace for their star defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Reacting to the announcement, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated: ‘Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League. ‘He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.’
Meanwhile Manchester United are preparing the offer for 21-year-old Sean Longstaff, who has shone for Newcastle United from midfield.