Danny Welbeck gets pay boost to keep him at Old Trafford

Apr 23, 2012
Bill Mann

And Alex Ferguson hopes to add Everton defender Leighton Baines to the Man Utd squad

MANCHESTER UNITED striker Danny Welbeck will pledge his loyalty to the Red Devils this week by signing on for another five years at Old Trafford. According to goal.com the 21-year-old Welbeck has reached an agreement with United that will see him treble his wages to £45,000-a-week in a deal that will put a smile on fans' faces following the disappointment of Sunday's 4-4 draw at home to Everton.

Welbeck has made a name for himself this season with his shooting skills, netting 12 times (including once against Everton), and United boss Alex Ferguson apparently sees the England frontman as a long-term prospect. With Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen heading for the exit at the end of the season, Welbeck is seen as the future at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile the Mirror reports that United are preparing to pounce for Leighton Baines. Ferguson apparently believes the Everton left-back is the man to replace Patrice Evra as the Frenchman approaches his 31st birthday.

United believe they can bag Baines for as little as £5m as Everton struggle to balance their books. The 27-year-old England defender joined Everton from Wigan in 2007 and though he sat out yesterday's match against United because of a hamstring niggle, the Mirror says "Ferguson has been monitoring him for the past two years".

In other news the Daily Mail says that Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti is desperate to sign a Premier League striker and he has in his sights Edin Dzeko and Luis Suarez. With a reported £80m in his war chest this summer, Ancelotti will chase the pair with the Mail claiming that he stands more chance of landing Dzeko than he does Suarez.

The former has failed to settle with Manchester City since arriving from Wolfsburg in 2010 and it's believed the Bosnian striker could agree terms with PSG as early as next month. Suarez, on the other hand, is more happy with life at Anfield and in addition Liverpool have made it clear they want to keep hold of the Uruguay frontman.

Fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani's future at Napoli remains shrouded in doubt as he tells Sky Sport Italia he doesn't know where he'll be playing his football next season. The 25-year-old has been linked to both Manchester City and Chelsea in recent months and Cavani has admitted he's unsure if either club will make a bid for him in the summer.

"I don't know, [Napoli] will deal with this sort of thing," the striker replied when asked if he was on the move. "The club will think about the rest and they know what to do. For as long as I am at Napoli, I will continue to give my all for this team."

Finally, the Mail reports that Gareth Bale is "unlikely" to join Barcelona this summer after the Spanish giants baulked at the asking price for the Spurs winger. The Lilywhites want £40m for the 22-year-old Welshman but according to the Mail Barcelona value Bale at no more than £16.5m.

As a result the reigning European champions have turned their attention to Valencia winger Jordi Alba with a £10.5m deal about to be brokered between the two Spanish clubs.



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