Welbeck’s representatives have indicated to United that the striker is keen to sign a new contract and commit himself to the club.
Although Welbeck has just one year left on his current deal, both United and the forward’s camp are in no hurry to rush through a new agreement.
With Welbeck said to be happy at United and in no mood to leave, agreement over the financial aspects of the deal is the only potential stumbling block.
Manchester-born Welbeck is currenly on around £15,000-a-week but can expect to treble his wages under the terms of the new five-year deal on offer from United.
The new contract is likely to be heavily incentivised, with bonus payments relating to goal targets, appearance milestones and international caps, as well as United’s achievements.
Welbeck’s impressive displays for United this season have made him a certainty for England’s Euro 2012 squad and he could start the opening two group games, with Rooney suspended.
The 21-year-old has made 38 appearances for United this season, scoring 12 goals, his consistency nudging his transfer value up to around the £20million mark.