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Report: Rooney close to new long-term deal at Old Trafford

Jan 24, 2014, 8:12 PM EDT

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It seems the big-name signing of Juan Mata may have done the trick.

The Telegraph is reporting that Wayne Rooney will soon sign a contract extension at Manchester United, despite furious rumors the last year that he could make a switch to Stamford Bridge.

The report tabs his proposed new deal at £300,000 per week, or about $25.7 million a year.

A fresh contract with Manchester United would come none too soon for David Moyes. With 18 months left on Rooney’s contract, it was widely believed that if a new extension was not reached between the parties by the start of next season the English star would turn down any further offers and he would walk at the expiration of his current deal in the summer of 2015.

Now, if the report is indeed true, it would allow the 28-year-old to stop worrying about his future and focus on keeping Manchester United in the Champions League.

Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford was seen driving into United’s training ground yesterday, but that was apparently to focus on another matter involving Rooney’s participation in a Nike campaign. Still, there may very well have been discussions then and elsewhere, as apparently United’s furious attempt to land Mata and others this window has convinced the player they mean business.

Wayne himself caused a bit of a stir yesterday when he was photographed driving in Essex, fueling speculation that he was possibly interested in a long-rumored move to Chelsea.

  1. dfstell - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    This makes total sense. I never had much doubt that this would get done. I mean, Rooney IS overpaid, but he’s not going to take less money to play for someone else. That means the only teams he can go to are Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG or Monaco. The thing is that those teams could probably buy someone like Hulk for half the price of Rooney. It isn’t that Rooney is a poor player, he’s just overpriced.

    But, for Untied it makes sense because if they let Rooney go, then they have to pay a $40MM transfer fee to bring in someone like Hulk or Cavani or whoever AND then pay that new forward almost as much as Rooney makes. It makes more financial sense for them to just keep him, overpay him and milk the shirt sales as he lays waste to the Manchester Untied record books over the next 4-5 years.

  2. bellerophon30 - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    I like the move for MU, to a point. Given that we don’t really know what Euro football players make, it still seems like he’s the third highest paid player in the world (behind Messi and Ronaldo), and he’s just not worth that. So they must have serious concerns about Van Persie in order to do this, because if all the guys are healthy, forward is far and away MU’s strength position.

    What this means for MU going forward is that Chicharito and/or Kagawa almost certainly have to be out of there. There’s not enough playing time for all those guys, and with Nick Powell producing well on his loan gig at Wigan, that’ll exacerbate it even more. So sell Kagawa back to Dortmund (who’d take him back in second) and see if Atletico Madrid (fighting for La Liga) or one of the non-Bilbao fourth place contenders will take Javier. At the least they have to do one of them, in some way.

    Plus it frees up money for the next move during this window, because I can’t see Mata being it.

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