Man Utd Close To Agreeing £250,000-A-Week Deal With Barcelona Target

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Manchester United's Ashley Young walk on to the pitch.

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Manchester United have taken a huge step towards strengthening the core of their team by bringing in two immensely talented young players in the ongoing summer window.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has successfully recruited his first two signings at Old Trafford, in the form of pacey winger Daniel James, 21, and one of the best right-backs in the Premier League, 22-year-old Aaron Wan Bissaka.

Both these arrivals are expected to become long-term mainstays in the Red Devils’ line-up, and improve the team as they gradually develop themselves.

And while the Mancunians are focused on signing up-and-coming talents, they also intend to hold onto the starlets that are currently at the club.

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To ensure that very fact, Manchester United appear to have made progress in tying Marcus Rashford down at the club with a new long-term contract, as per BBC journalist Simon Stone.

The Englishman was linked with a shock departure from his boyhood club, with Spanish juggernauts Barcelona expressing interest in his services.

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But now, United are confident that their number 10 will put pen to paper, and effectively prolong his stay in Manchester.

The 21-year-old will also be rewarded with improved wages – he won’t be earning anywhere near the inflated salary Alexis Sanchez currently pockets, but the sum will be “reflective of his status and Solskjaer’s emphasis on youth”.

While the final figures are still unknown, the Telegraph suggests that Rashford will pocket a sum upwards of £250,000-a-week, and the deal will last until June 2023, with an option to extend for an additional fifth year.