MANCHESTER UNITED are in talks with Marcus Rashford over a new five-year, £300,000-a-week contract.
But the Red Devils will not bust their new pay structure for him.
The club do not want to go above a £300k ceiling as they aim to move away from the days when players like Alexis Sanchez earned £500,000-a-week.
Rashford, 25, is currently on £200,000-a-week and will be offered a 50 per cent pay rise with incentives on top of that.
The current top earner at the club is goalkeeper David de Gea on £375,000-a-week.
But with his deal running out in the summer, they will only offer the 32-year-old reduced terms of around £275,000.
United want to keep their top earners on a scale between £200,000-£300,000 per week.
Boss Erik ten Hag believes that will help keep harmony in the dressing room.
The club see a new deal for Rash as their priority.
Last month, they triggered a one-year extension on the forward’s current contract, taking it to the end of next season.
But they do not want him going into that without a new long-term deal as the likes of Paris Saint-Germain are keen.
Just before Christmas, PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said: “He’s a player that is amazing.
“We’re not hiding it, we spoke before and there was interest.”
Rashford is in the form of his life having scored in his seventh successive game with the derby winner on Saturday against Manchester City.
It was his 16th goal of the season, to go with the three scored for England during the World Cup.
There is no suggestion Rashford wants to leave United.
Still, the club are expecting a long period of negotiation with this expected to be the biggest contract of his career.
At the weekend, team-mate Bruno Fernandes, 28, hailed Rashford and said: “He is one of the best players in the world.
“Not just now — he was in the past — he will now be in the present and even better in the future.”