Alejandro Garnazzo is set for a “significant pay rise on his current £7,000-a-week contract at Manchester United”… with the Argentine teenager “close to agreeing a new five-year deal to fend off interest from Real Madrid”.
Alejandro Garnazzo’s wages at Manchester United are set to rise significantly, with the Argentine starlet close to agreeing a new contract with the club.
Currently on £7,000-a-week, the 18-year-old is set for a pay rise to match his improved status within the squad this season, having impressed Erik ten Hag during the campaign.
With his current contract set to expire at the end of next season, the Red Devils are keen to tie him down to a longer deal at Old Trafford, which is believed to involve a significant pay rise, according to reports.
Another factor that could trouble United, Real Madrid are believed to be interested in bringing the player back to the city of his birth should a new contract not materialize.
The youngster had to wait until November for his first meaningful contribution for United this season, but he has scored three goals and provided five assists in 25 appearances in all competitions.
Alejandro Garnazzo is eyeing a potential major pay rise when he agrees a new contract with Manchester United
Erik ten Hag disciplined the player in pre-season but has since been impressed with his development
United have one of the biggest wage earners in the Premier League, with Ten Haag looking to hit a £200,000-a-week cap.
Many players are believed to earn more than the striker despite playing a far less important role at the club.
Garnacho earns more than Brandon Williams (£40,000-a-week), who has only made one senior appearance this season.
Having starred for the Under-18s last season – helping them to the FA Youth Cup as the competition’s top scorer with seven goals – a place in the senior team seemed the logical next step for Garnacho at the start of the season.
As such, he was included in Ten Hag’s pre-season squad in the summer, but failed to make a single appearance.
Having been late to two team meetings, the Dutch coach saw fit to discipline the youngster, which raised questions about his mentality and temperament.
However, he has since prospered with the senior team and Ten Haag praised his development in recent months – but called for the youngster to become more of a goal threat.
“I’ve had some discussions with him about it and it’s about taking responsibility,” Ten Haag said.
He had those opportunities, but he was in the right position. [and] his team brings the ball to him. Once they are there on our level, then you have to score the goal. OK, not every chance can be a goal, but with two, one has to go in. This means taking responsibility.’
The Argentine – born in Madrid – has three goals in 25 appearances for the senior team this season
After starring for the Under-18s last season, Garnacho has become an important player this season
Garnacho has apparently agreed a five-year contract with the club and the final hurdle before putting pen to paper is an image rights issue for the player. However, this is not expected to be a concern.
Negotiations have been underway for several months, and new terms appear close to being finalized, ESPN reports.
Garnacho has thrived under the spotlight and has appeared unfazed by the expectations surrounding him and early comparisons to some of the club’s best players.
Both parties involved in the contract talks are said to be keen to complete the new deal as soon as possible to avoid any distractions amid a crucial period in the season, with United still fighting in four competitions.