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Report: Wayne Rooney set to sign new $500K per week contract with Manchester United

Feb 18, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Poland at Wembley Stadium in London Reuters

Reports from the Guardian claim that in the next 48-72 hours, Wayne Rooney is expected to agree to a contract extension with Manchester United that will see him through the end of the 2018-19 season.

The contract is expected to be in the range of $500,000 (£300K) per week, meaning Rooney will remain the highest salaried player in the Barclays Premier League. While salary specifics vary with the Guardian believes Rooney’s current deal consists of a basic salary of $417K (£250K) per week and that incentives push it towards the $500K (£300K) mark.

United has been hell-bent on locking Rooney into a deal since last summer when Chelsea noted their interest in the England international. Despite that interest and United’s league struggles, Rooney is understood to be happy at Old Trafford working under the tutelage of David Moyes.

In addition to Rooney being tipped to replace the departing Nemanja Vidic as United skipper, the striker also recently spoke of his desire to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals for the Red Devils.

“It is a great aim for myself to try and get Sir Bobby’s record, both at club and international level,” said Rooney, who’s goal total stands at 208. “It is something which I would like to do. If I can do that I would be really proud because it has stood for a long time.”

With Rooney set to sign the new record-setting deal, questions continue to surround Robin van Persie’s future at the club. The Dutch striker, who’s $417K (£250K) per week deal with the club ends in 2016, has been rumored to be in line for a return to Arsenal — speculation that only gains momentum as United chooses to reinvest a large portion of its funds in Rooney.

  1. dfstell - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    It’s funny how it seems like more money when it is in dollars and not pounds.

    As a United fan, this seems expensive, but still like the right move. I know the guy is unpopular with a large segment of the fanbase because he’s twice tried to engineer moves away from United (and because he’s from Liverpool), but he and his advisor are just doing what any of us would do in our jobs – use leverage when we have it to try to get more money or a better position. I can’t blame him for that. I’ve puffed my chest out at work and demanded stuff, and I’ll bet most of the people who criticize Rooney have too.

    I enjoy watching him play, he’s very talented, he’s globally popular, he sells a ton of shirts, he’s England’s best player, he’ll probably be United’s top scorer someday…..that’s the kind of person you overpay a little bit. You save money by not overpaying Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia and Rio (big money for mediocre players). You don’t save it by economizing on the top of your roster.

  2. DaveHughes94 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Reblogged this on Dave A. Hughes II and commented:
    Is he worth it ? Should they wait till after the World Cup ?

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