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Welbeck set for massive new deal
Danny Welbeck handed Manchester United a big Euro boost last night by signalling his intention to sign a new five-year contract. England striker Welbeck, 20, will sit down with United officials in the next month to rubberstamp a £45,000-a-week deal. It is his reward for the outstanding strides he has made since returning to Old Trafford this season. Welbeck, who spent last term on loan at Sunderland, has 18 months left on his existing deal and currently earns £15,000 a week before bonuses. SunSport revealed in the summer how initial talks were held with a view to extending his stay while TREBLING his wages. They have so far been on ice while United concluded new deals for Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Javier Hernandez. But United now hope to finalise the new contract for the England striker. It will include incremental rises that could ultimately reach £65,000 a week if he hits appearance and goal targets.
Other papers carry the same story on Welbeck, while the Daily Mail claims United are keeping tabs on 17-year-old Dulwich Hamlet defender Michael Chambers.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s press conference is widely covered, with the boss asserting that he wants the Reds to finish top of Champions League Group C.
And The Independent runs quotes from Nemanja Vidic in which the Serbian admits United are "obsessed" with the idea of beating Barcelona and exorcising the ghosts of Rome and Wembley. "Maybe we will play again this year and we will celebrate," the skipper says. "We have played them in pre-season, beating them this summer, and twice in the Champions League in the last few years, and I think we have learned some things along the way."