Manchester United chiefs are currently looking at which players with less than two years left on their current contracts deserve a new deal, with Phil Jones and David de Gea at the top of that list.
The Times believes getting De Gea and Jones tied down to long-term contracts is a priority for the Red Devils, while more experienced stars such as Robin van Persie, Ashley Young and Jonny Evans will at the very least have to wait to find out if they'll be deemed worthy of contract extensions under a new regime.
Van Persie does of course share a special relationship with United boss Louis van Gaal and was his captain for the Netherlands at the World Cup, but that's no guarantee that his reported £250,000-a-week wages won't be shed at the end of next season.
The 31-year-old must definitely get back to somewhere near top form before Man United will even consider putting together a contract offer that would effectively commit Van Persie to the club for the rest of his career, and steer clear of injuries.
United desperately missed Van Persie during his lengthy spell on the sidelines last season, although the risk of that situation being repeated this time round has been minimised by Radamel Falcao's arrival at Old Trafford.
Van Persie was superb at the World Cup finals under Van Gaal's guidance, but has fallen someway short of those lofty standards in two Premier League appearances so far this season.
Given his age, form and patchy injury record United's current non-committal stance on Van Persie's long-term future is perfectly understandable, but that won't dampen speculation that the likes of Real Madrid will be watching a proven world-class goalscorer's situation very closely.
De Gea and Jones ready to sign up
Blockbuster deals for Angel Di Maria and Falcao have unsurprisingly dominated the headlines over the last 10 days, but United are now keen to show that they are still committed to developing younger players and building a side around them for years to come.
De Gea and Jones are viewed as cornerstones of that policy and talks have been opened with both over improved terms, meaning Van Persie and co. are not a priority at the moment.
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