Rash­ford joins top earn­ers in four-year deal

United striker may earn over £300,000 a week In­ter ex­pected to make ap­proach for Lukaku

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Football - By James Ducker NORTH­ERN FOOT­BALL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Manch­ester United may an­nounce that Mar­cus Rash­ford has signed a new con­tract as early as to­day.

The Eng­land striker has signed a four-year deal that will com­mit him to Old Traf­ford un­til June 2023, al­though it in­cludes the op­tion of a fifth year. The con­tract is un­der­stood to be heav­ily in­cen­tivised.

If Rash­ford meets all of his per­for­mance-re­lated tar­gets and United de­liver on the pitch, it could be worth more than £300,000 a week and put the 21-year-old at the top end of United’s pay scale, on sim­i­lar money to Paul Pogba, but be­hind the high­est earner, Alexis Sanchez.

Rash­ford has been linked with Barcelona and other high-pro­file Eu­ro­pean clubs, but sees his fu­ture at Old Traf­ford, which is a lift for man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer, who plans to build his at­tack around the academy grad­u­ate.

United in­tend to an­nounce Rash­ford’s con­tract be­fore they fly to Aus­tralia next Mon­day for the start of their pre-sea­son tour, maybe as early as to­day. Hav­ing been usurped by Rash­ford as United’s first-choice cen­tre-for­ward, Romelu Lukaku is hop­ing to se­cure a move to In­ter Mi­lan. In­ter are due to make an ini­tial of­fer this week, whereby they pro­pose loan­ing Lukaku for two sea­sons for around £9 mil­lion be­fore sign­ing him for a fur­ther £53.7mil­lion. That is ex­pected to be re­jected by United, but could mark the start of a ne­go­ti­a­tion process.

United’s squad are due to re­port for pre-sea­son train­ing to­day, with Sol­sk­jaer and his staff hav­ing de­signed a pro­gramme in­tended to im­prove fit­ness lev­els sig­nif­i­cantly. Last sea­son, Sol­sk­jaer was con­cerned United’s play­ers were not fit enough to play the at­tack­ing, front­foot foot­ball they want. Rash­ford is due to join up with the squad later in the week.

Aaron Wan-bis­saka, whose £50mil­lion move from Crys­tal Palace was an­nounced on Satur­day, has been given a short hol­i­day af­ter play­ing for Eng­land at the Eu­ro­pean Un­der-21 Cham­pi­onship, but the right-back will be part of the tour squad. Wan-bis­saka’s ar­rival has trig­gered ru­mours that United would be pre­pared to let an­other young right-back, Diogo Dalot, leave but well-placed club sources have dis­missed that sug­ges­tion. United are ex­pected to step up their ef­forts to sign a mid­fielder this week, with New­cas­tle’s Sean Longstaff and Bruno Fer­nan­des, of Sport­ing Lis­bon, among the tar­gets. Sol­sk­jaer is also likely to have talks with Pogba fol­low­ing his ad­mis­sion that he would like to move. Real Madrid and Ju­ven­tus are in­ter­ested, but con­sider United’s £160 mil­lion val­u­a­tion too high.

Lead­ing the line: Mar­cus Rash­ford

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