Fabrizio Romano: Manchester United Preparing Long-Term Contract for ‘The Next Ronaldo’

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Manchester United are working on offering a new contract to young winger Alejandro Garnacho, confirms Fabrizio Romano. The Argentine star won their Young Player of the Year award after enjoying his breakthrough season in the 2021/22 campaign.

Manchester United Preparing New Contract for Alejandro Garnacho

Meeting Scheduled With Garnacho’s Representatives

The Red Devils have set up a meeting with the 18-year-old forward’s representatives to discuss the possible terms of a new contract. Due to his age, Garnacho is not in the same wage bracket as the first-team squad members – his reported salary at Old Trafford is currently about £1,500 per week.

But this meeting will only take place once the situation around Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is solved. The Portuguese forward is seeking an exit from Old Trafford, but United do not want to lose him. Garnacho has been termed as “the Next Ronaldo“, even earning such praises from his youth-level teammates last season.

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In this meeting with Garnacho’s representatives, a number of key things will be discussed. This involves the decision of whether he stays with the first-team squad or leaves on loan this season.

Erik ten Hag’s Praise for Argentine Youngster After End of Pre-Season

Garnacho featured in the Red Devils’ final pre-season game against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford on Sunday. He was arguably one of their best players, looking really exciting with his forward runs and troubling defenders all game long.

After the match, Ten Hag praised the 18-year-old’s performance and said: “He played pretty well – he is just a teenager but his performance was really good.”

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The Dutch manager has personally approved the new contract offer for the Argentine forward as well. Just like the hierarchy at Old Trafford, he also believes that the teenage sensation can be a key part of the Red Devils’ future plans.

But with competition from settled first-team regulars like Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga – Garnacho will not get regular football in the senior side this season – which is why he might be loaned after the contract renewal talks.