Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says contract talks with David de Gea, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata are ‘making progress’


A number of United’s big-name players are out of contract this summer or at the end of the following season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are ‘making progress’ in their contract negotiations with a number of high-profile players.

The likes of David de Gea, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata have been in talks for a number of months over extending their deals.

David de Gea could become the highest paid goalkeeper in the world

Furthermore, Ander Herrera and Ashley Young will be free agents at the end of the season, and United are also hopeful of addressing their situation.

“I think the club’s making progress but I leave that to the right people to do that,” Solskjaer said.
“I don’t know really how far we are away from it but hopefully we’re going to have some good news in the coming weeks.”

Martial, who was on the fringes under former manager Jose Mourinho and looked set to leave the club, is close to reaching an agreement to sign a new five-year contract. He is United’s joint-top scorer with nine goals in all competitions this season.

De Gea has reiterated he wants to spend his prime years at the club, despite talks stalling at the beginning of the season.

According to the Evening Standard, United will have to pay De Gea wages of around £300,000-a-week, which would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world, if they are to avoid losing him for nothing.

Manchester United’s expiring contracts

Summer 2019

Ander Herrera

Juan Mata

Antonio Valencia*

Phil Jones*

Matteo Darmian*

James Wilsom*

Andreas Pereira*

Ashley Young

Summer 2020

Anthony Martial

David de Gea

Dean Henderson*

Marcus Rashford*

Eric Bailly*

Timothy Fosu-Mensah*

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson*

Nemanja Matic*

Marouane Fellaini*

Lee Grant

Demetri Mitchell*

Summer 2021

Jesse Lingard*

Paul Pogba*

Victor Lindelof*

Joel Pereira*

Sergio Romero*

Scott McTominay*

Marcos Rojo*

Summer 2022

Romelu Lukaku*

Alexis Sanchez*

Chris Smalling*

Summer 2023


Diogo Dalot*

Luke Shaw*

*Option of an additional year.

Friday night’s FA Cup opponents, Arsenal, have made an enquiry over taking defender Eric Bailly on loan with a view to making the move permanent, and this comes as no shock to United’s interim boss.

“I’m not surprised if they do (want him) to put it that way,” Solskjaer said.
“But that’s just one of those things. There’s always speculation and it’s not a big surprise.”

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