Man United offer youngster huge new contract
With more than two weeks having passed since it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo was to leave Manchester United, it still remains to be seen how the club will replace the Portuguese star.
The 37-year-old left United by mutual consent following a controversial interview with Piers Morgan, but the departure has left Erik ten Hag’s side short in terms of attacking options.
The likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford provide alternative options in attack, but it now appears that Ten Hag is prepared to put his faith in one of the club’s youngsters.
According to Football Insider, The Red Devils are ready to offer Alejandro Garnacho a lucrative new deal.
The 18-year-old has emerged as a first team player this season, making nine appearances across all competitions, and he will now be rewarded with an improved deal.
The teenager’s current contract is set to expire in 2024, but United are keen to tie him down to a long-term contract.
Garnacho cost less than £500,000 when he moved to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in 2020, and he netted his first goal for the club against Real Sociedad in November, before grabbing a late winner against Fulham just over a week later.
The report claims that talks have already begun over a new deal, which will see the teenager rewarded with a significant pay rise.
Garnacho is predominantly a left winger, but he can also be used on the right and his versatility is likely something that appeals to Ten Hag, who has previously expressed concerns about his attacking options.
It is also suggested that United believe the player could one day be worth £50 million if he continues his development under Ten Hag, who has placed a lot of trust in him.
The news suggests that Garnacho will continue to play a significant role for United, especially considering the departure of Ronaldo last month.
The Argentine has been impressive for United’s youth sides, scoring 16 goals in 31 matches for The Red Devils’ under-18s since arriving from the Spanish capital.