Defender Rio Ferdinand is expected to agree a new contract with Manchester United early next week.
Ferdinand's present deal runs out this summer and whilst there have been strong indications from the player that he wishes to remain at Old Trafford, so far an extension has not been agreed.
However, Press Association Sport understands negotiations are at an advanced stage and provided there are no unforeseen hitches, an official announcement is expected next week.
It is positive news for United given the upheaval created by Sir Alex Ferguson's impending departure.
Ferdinand won his sixth Premier League title this season and on Wednesday confirmed he was retiring from England duty in order to concentrate on club matters.
"I think it is something he could have done last year," Sir Alex Ferguson told MUTV.