LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Danny Welbeck of Manchester United has his shot on goal blocked by Danny Gabbidon of QPR during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United at Loftus Road on December 18, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
The Daily Mail has a story on the contact negotiations of Danny Welbeck. According to the article, Welbeck, who is currantly earning £15,000 a week, is being offered £40,000 a week by the club. This, up untill recently seemed agreeable from Welbeck's side, however the club has now been taken back by the players demand of £60,000 a week.
United are keen to reward the England striker, who earns £15,000 per week, with a new deal. Sportsmail exclusively revealed last year how Welbeck had begun negotiating with the club over a treble-your-money contract worth £45,000-£50,000 a week.
But the player and his advisers are now asking for £60,000 a week, which has left United officials astonished.
Obviously, contract negotiations with young players have been in the news recently. Both Ravel Morrison & Paul Pogba have earnt less than flattering headlines with their demands. However Welbeck, unlike the other two has established himself as a regular starter in the United frontline, ahead of Dimitar Berbatov and even Javier Hernandez (Chicarito).
His partnership with Wayne Rooney has played a big role in this. I for one think this is our best partnership at this moment in time. With Welbecks athletic ability and willingness to run behind the defense and Wazza's tendency to play in the hole and pull the strings, it suits are play.
So is £60,000 too much? Or £45,000 too little for an established first team member? On this occasion I think we should bow to his demands. The striker is out of contract at the end of next season and I think it is important we tie down a long term contract with the minimum of fuss. We don't want a case of giving our rivals a sniff of tapping him up and running his contract down. His performances have been too good this season to run that risk.