14 Apr 2009

Young Italian star set to sign big deal

3:45 pm on 14 April 2009

Manchester United could offer the football player Federico Macheda a five-year deal when he turns 18 in August after the Italian striker scored two goals in his first two Premier League matches, his agent says.

Giovanni Bia says he and Macheda haven't talked about figures but it's safe to assume they'll be looking at a good deal for Macheda, who scored late winners in a 3-2 home win over Aston Villa and the 2-1 victory at Sunderland.

Bia says he thinks United will ask Macheda to sign a five-year deal, which he says would be logical because it makes no sense to lose a player at 21.

Macheda joined United from Lazio as a 16-year-old in 2007. Lazio has spoken out about the rules in England, which allowed him to be poached despite Italian regulations restricting players from signing for clubs until they turn 18.