Considering the number of young players who have left Old Trafford on free transfers over recent months, there have been growing concerns that the same could happen to Danny Welbeck considering his precarious contract situation. However, reports are now suggesting that the England international is close to agreeing a new deal, which will put an end to speculation over his future.
It has been reported over recent months that the 21-year-old has been stalling over a new contract and with just twelve months remaining on his current package, many were worried that the young striker could be tapped up by another club. Several newspapers indicated that Welbeck was unhappy on the proposed package put to him and wanted parity with other high-profile players at the club, after he became such a hit in the first team last term.
Fortunately, the situation could be set to resolve itself. Reports in the media are now suggesting that the player is set to put pen to paper on a new five-year contract, worth a supposed £75,000 a week. Moreover, the contract also contains performance incentives for Welbeck, which suggests that United have caved into his demands to make sure he remains at the club for the foreseeable future.
Of course, it would not be a surprise to see United offering a large financial deal to keep the striker at the club. Sir Alex Ferguson has seen several of his young stars depart Old Trafford in recent months, with Paul Pogba and Zeki Fryers being two of the high profile players to leave. It’s understood that the club have been quite reserved with their approach to contracts, not willing to pay over the odds for young, unproven players. However, following Welbeck’s emergence as a first team regular, it looks as though they were left with no choice but to offer an inflated financial package.