Man United ‘confident’ of securing Garnacho deal as talks gather pace

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The powers that be at Manchester United believe that Alejandro Garnacho will sign a new deal at Old Trafford in the not-too-distant future after stepping up talks with his representatives over the last few weeks, according to reports. Garnacho has established himself as an important cog in the machine for Erik ten Hag’s side this season after making the most of his opportunities to impress at first-team level for United as of late.

The 18-year-old winger has chipped in with two goals and two assists for the Red Devils over the course of the campaign and is expected to play a big role when Premier League football resumes after the World Cup as United look to force their way into the division’s top four. Garnacho is set to be rewarded for his good form with a new and improved deal at Old Trafford and there is a growing belief that negotiations will soon be wrapped up, according to Fabrizio Romano.

It is claimed that United initially reached out to Garnacho’s representatives over a new contract back in June and have since made plenty of progress in their efforts to tie him down on a long-term basis. The club’s hierarchy have identified the teenage forward as an important player for the present and the future as a result of his recent exploits and believe that he will soon be signed to a longer deal if negotiations continue as planned over the coming weeks.

Any new deal would almost certainly see Garnacho receive a hefty pay rise, with his current wages standing at just £5,000 per week. He could be set to pocket a weekly salary in excess of £50,000 if he eventually puts pen to paper at United, according to the Daily Star, which would bring him in line with some of the club’s senior players.

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Garnacho’s impressive form has reportedly caught the eye of several European teams, with Barcelona and Real Madrid said to be keeping tabs on his progress at United ahead of the January transfer window. A new and improved deal would put the idea of a mid-season exit on the backburner, though, with the Red Devils eager to keep hold of their best young players for as long as possible.

The Argentine winger initially looked to be in line for a late call-up to Lionel Scaloni’s squad for the World Cup earlier this month following injuries to Nico Gonzalez and Joaquin Correa. However, he was ultimately overlooked by his national team in spite of his impressive showings at club level and will be desperate to prove Scaloni wrong by maintaining his form for United after the World Cup draws to a close in mid-December.

Ten Hag, meanwhile, is clearly a huge admirer of Garnacho but recently warned him to stay grounded in order to realise his full potential at Old Trafford, with the Dutchman telling reporters: “He still has things to learn but it’s quite obvious we are really happy with his development, with his performances he can contribute to this team.

“Can he have a regular role? Depends on how his approach, how his attitude, when he keeps working, keeps this attitude, then it’s possible. That he keeps the attitude he wants to improve every day and he’s doing the right things in his lifestyle, then it’s possible.

“As you can see, he has capabilities that contribute to attacking football, he has something, he can break open a really compact defending line. I think all teams who want to attack want to play in an opponent’s half, they need players like them, he can outplay them.”

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