Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford is reportedly set to see his wages increase to £15,000 a week earlier than scheduled as the Red Devils look to ward off interest from other clubs.
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Rashford Reportedly in Line for Early Wage Bump
Wednesday, March 23
Rashford was originally poised for contract talks at the end of this season, but United will bring negotiations forward in order to tie down the long-term loyalties of their newest star, according to the Sun's Phil Thomas.
Thomas reported Rashford's new deal will see him take home £15,000 a week, which could be as much as 30 times his current earnings of £500 per week, a figure the Mirror's Richard Innes cited earlier this week.
The 18-year-old is enjoying a breakthrough season at Old Trafford after netting a brace against Arsenal in his Premier League debut before going on to net the winner in a 1-0 triumph over Manchester City in Sunday's derby.
Former Manchester United favourite David Beckham took notice of the emerging talent after that result and paid tribute to Rashford's meteoric progress and attitude via his official Instagram account:
The teenager's rise has come after captain Wayne Rooney was sidelined by injury, filling a void left in part by last summer's departures of Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Javier Hernandez.
United brought in striker Anthony Martial, but Rashford's arrival means the club may no longer feel the need to invest heavily in another attacking asset this summer. Unibet recently outlined his stellar start to senior life at Old Trafford:
Rashford: 🔴 5 goals in 8 apps 🔴 Youngest scorer in #BPL Manchester Derby 🔴 "A great player in the making" Mata #MUFC https://t.co/LC0SRp0o1f2016-3-22 08:48:49
Rashford's reported new wages would still be considered a pittance to some of the salaries Europe's top forwards are expected to demand, meaning the Red Devils could save themselves a bundle in the long term.
The Sun's Mike McGrath said earlier in March that Rashford was looking to delay talks of a new deal until the end of the season, with rivals Manchester City reportedly interested in his services.