By PHIL THOMAS
DANNY WELBECK will this week sign a new four-year contract to rubberstamp his Old Trafford future.
The Manchester United rookie, 21, has been in talks for months after establishing himself as first-choice strike partner for Wayne Rooney.
Now he is finally ready to put pen to paper — days after Robin van Persie’s £22million arrival from Arsenal.
The deal is further proof of his growing status at United and reassurance he is a key figure in Alex Ferguson’s plans, despite Van Persie’s capture.
Welbeck’s deal is worth around £50,000 a week, treble his current wages.
But it is packed with a variety of clauses and incentives which could see it rocket to £70,000.
Welbeck’s United days looked numbered when Fergie sent him on loan to Sunderland two years ago.
But he exploded back on to the United scene last term and ended the campaign with 39 outings and 12 goals.
He started all four of England’s games at Euro 2012, scoring the winner against Sweden. His current deal expired next year.