D.C. United and the agent for midfielder Branko Boskovic are engaged in contract talks in an effort to extend the deal before the current pact expires July 15.
“It is our hope that we are able to reach an agreement to keep Branko at the club,” United General Manager Dave Kasper said.
Boskovic’s agent, Dejan Drobnjak, said talks are in the “beginning stage” and the “intent on both sides is to find a solution.” He said he hopes a resolution would be reached in seven to 10 days.
Boskovic, who will turn 32 on Thursday, is United’s second-highest paid player with a base salary of $409,000 and estimated overall compensation of $545,000. Dwayne De Rosario makes $618,000/$663,000.
Neither side would discuss details of the negotiations and it’s unclear whether United has asked Boskovic to accept a pay cut. The Montenegro national team veteran missed most of the 2011 MLS season with a knee injury and needed several months this spring to regain fitness and form.
In recent weeks, however, his playmaking and set pieces have played a significant role in United’s rise to first place in the Eastern Conference.
Despite just five league starts, Boskovic is tied for second in assists with three — one in each of the past three matches.
Boskovic has attracted interest from a European club, Drobnjak said, but “he’s very happy with D.C. United. We will see what happens.”
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