By Nigel Phillips
Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford is reportedly stalling over a new contract at the Red Devils as he looks for a huge pay rise.
United have not had the greatest time in terms of contracts recently as they are yet to commit goalkeeper, David de Gea, to contract renewal.
Rashford’s current Manchester United deal expires at the end of next season, but there is a clause for United to extend it by 12 months.
It was reported recently that United have held ‘positive talks’ with Rashford over a new deal, but the Mail has reported a different spectacle that Rashford’s camp is stalling for now.
The English international is reportedly being scouted by several European bigwigs, including Barcelona and Rashford`s camp is said to be using that as a bargaining chip to make high demands.
They claim the player’s representatives are in no hurry to commit as they are in a strong bargaining position and believe they could have their options in Europe’s top clubs.
It is also claimed that Rashford’s camp is demanding for ‘in excess of £200,000 a week’.
Not only that, they want assurances that Rashford will remain as a striker after overtaking Romelu Lukaku as Manchester United’s main centre forward.
Judging by other contract problems, United will no doubt want to get on top of this while they can.
Contract negotiations look to have taken a turn ever since Alexis Sanchez joined the Old Trafford side, and United could lose several players this summer to deal expiration and other long-term issues.
It is said that Ander Herrera is set to join French side Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and Antonio Valencia has been told his contract will not be renewed when it ends at the closure of this season.
Ashley Young and Juan Mata are part of the high-profile players who could also leave for nothing should the club fail to extend their deals.