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Welbeck to cut new deal
Danny Welbeck will open talks with Manchester United over a new deal at the end of the season. Welbeck's representatives have indicated to United that the striker is keen to sign a new contract and commit himself to the club. Both parties have delayed talks until the end of the season, with the title race yet to decided ahead of Monday's derby clash at Manchester City. Welbeck has emerged as a key player for United this season, having moved ahead of Javier Hernandez as Wayne Rooney's first-choice strike partner. Although Welbeck has just one year left on his current deal, both United and the forward's camp are in no hurry to rush through a new agreement. With Welbeck said to be happy at United and in no mood to leave, agreement over the financial aspects of the deal is the only potential stumbling block. Manchester-born Welbeck is currenly on around £15,000-a-week but can expect to treble his wages under the terms of the new five-year deal on offer from United. The new contract is likely to be heavily incentivised, with bonus payments relating to goal targets, appearance milestones and international caps, as well as United's achievements. The 21-year-old has made 38 appearances for United this season, scoring 12 goals, his consistency nudging his transfer value up to around the £20million mark.
Elsewhere, The Independent claim police will "get tough on derby troublemakers" be they at the match or in the pubs around Manchester. The paper claims Greater Manchester Police will have 600 officers on patrol on Monday night as thousands of fans are expected to descend on the city centre to watch the game.
The Sun and The Mail report United have plans to take the players out of Manchester in the build-up to Monday's derby, with South Wales apparently the destination. The Sun claims: "United have made enquiries about hotels in the Vale of Glamorgan for Friday and Saturday night — before scheduling a return to Manchester on the eve of the derby."