Madrid keep tabs on United contract rebel


Real Madrid are keeping an eye on Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck's contract talks, according to The People.

The England international has told United he wants a new deal worth £60,000-a-week, six-times more than he currently earns at Old Trafford.

Such demands have proved to be a stumbling block in talks between the two parties, and while discussions haven't halted, Madrid are eyeing Welbeck.

Manager Jose Mourinho is a reported admirer of the 21-year-old from his days at Chelsea and Inter Milan.

Reports suggest that Real watched five United games over the festive period, with The People sources claiming they were accessing Welbeck's performances.

Real have few problems scoring goals in La Liga, but with Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria's future at the club being considered, Welbeck could be signed up to fill the void left by the pair.

With 18 months still to run on his current deal, should Welbeck refuse to sign a new contract going into the summer, United will be staring down the barrel of losing the forward on a free transfer the following year.

No contact is understood to have been made between the two parties, but the situation could change if Welbeck decides against accepting a counter offer from the United hierarchy.

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