Rashford to sign massive new contract at Man Utd to fend off interest from Barcelona and Juventus

MARCUS RASHFORD is “nearing completion” of signing a new Manchester United contract, reports claim.

Old Trafford chiefs were rocked by the revelation Paul Pogba is seeking a “new challenge” but have received a boost with Rashford close to agreeing a new long term deal.

The Times report the England star is hashing out the final stages of negotiations in order to secure his long term future in Manchester.

SunSport revealed United bosses could have to fork out up to £350,000 a week in order to keep the 21-year-old and fend off interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus.

It is understood talks over a new deal began last year as the player enters the final 12-months of his current contract this season.

The versatile forward has always been keen to stay, having established himself as the No 1 striker under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

We revealed Rashford is set to agree a four-year deal but played hardball with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward — thanks to the £505,000 a week being paid to flop Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean’s mega deal has skewed the pay structure at the club, with players now demanding huge hikes to reflect their status.

It is important United secure Rashford’s services long-term as striker Romelu Lukaku looks set to end his two-year stay at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old Belgium has fallen out of favour with United and Inter Milan have stepped up their interest in the powerhouse.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez admitted it is time for Lukaku to move on, confessing last night: “It is clear that he has to leave Manchester United.

“It would be a good thing for both parties. It is now important that Romelu finds the right club.”

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