Manchester United will trigger Marcus Rashford‘s automatic one-year contract extension as talks over his future continue.
The four-year deal Rashford signed in 2016 is set to expire next year, but United have been unable to persuade the forward to commit beyond then.
The Times said the 21-year-old had given United a ‘huge boost’ last week by rejecting Barcelona and Juventus to agree to ‘a long-term extension’ with ‘a lucrative pay rise’.
But the entirely less reliable Sun are a little more apprehensive, suggesting Rashford ‘has stalled’ on signing for so long that United will trigger a 12-month contract extension for fear of losing him for free.
The forward apparently wants a ‘staggering’ £350,000 a week, which would almost double his current wage. He is also ‘aware of his value’, with Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly monitoring developments.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘desperate’ to keep him, United will act now and ‘then plan to thrash out further talks’.
“We will trigger the option in his deal some time during this summer window,” a source told The Sun.
“He is not being sold to anyone under any circumstances though despite talks going on for a fair while now.
“We know there’s lots of interest in him, that’s obvious. There’ll also be sizeable offers for him as well.
“We’re confident he wants to sign but we have to be firm and we expect this all to be sorted in the next few weeks.
“Ole wants him fully focused on his football and wants the speculation to end around him as soon as possible.
“We know the extra year gives us some breathing space to sort this out and a bit of an insurance policy.”