Manchester United are confident that breakout star Alejandro Garnacho will soon commit himself to a new contract with the club, sources have told 90min.
United have been in talks with Garnacho’s representatives since the summer and are “calm” about how the matter is progressing, with a lucrative long-term deal on the table for the 18-year-old, who scored a dramatic late winner against Fulham on Sunday.
Garnacho also made key contributions in the recent win League Cup win over Aston Villa and scored his first senior goal against Real Sociedad in the Europa League, and has now established himself as a genuine first team option ahead of the second half of the season.
The Argentinian is contracted at United until 2025 but United have offered him fresh terms more befitting of his new status within the club. United’s hope is that Garnacho puts pen to paper during the World Cup break.
“The club are calm about Garnacho and his future, they are confident he signs the new contract sooner rather than later. They believe the player is very happy at the club,” a well placed source told 90min.
United are also aware that there is major interest in the Madrid-born teenager, who has other options emerging. 90min understands Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona would love to bring him back to Spain after he left Atletico Madrid for Manchester in October 2020.
Garnacho bagged a dramatic late winner at Fulham / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages
Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are interested in taking him to Germany, while Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the player. But United are confident he will sign a new deal.
Erik ten Hag is determined to make sure Garnacho continues his progression in the right way, and spoke at length about the player following the win over Fulham.
“He has to keep his feet on the ground. He has to do much more investment. Big players know that, young players don’t know,” Ten Hag said.
“Now it’s a four-week break, that’s already a danger for him, because he now has momentum. Let’s see how he’s coming back. We have to manage that with him. His attitude is good and I’m certain he will have an impact.
“The danger is four weeks, no games, lose focus, less investment. It’s only when he stays on the same attitude that he’s working the last three, four or five weeks the process will keep going and his progress will keep going. If not, it goes the other way around.”