Wayne Rooney is close to agreeing a £300,000 a week contract with Manchester United that will see him become the Premier League’s highest paid player ever.
United are keen to agree a new deal for Rooney because his contract expires at the end of next season so there would be a risk of him leaving for free if no extension was agreed.
On those wages, a five-year contract would be worth a staggering £72 million and it would see Rooney stay at the club until he is at least 34.
Multiple newspapers including The Telegraph, The Mirrorl, The Guardian, Daily Mail and The Independent have all reported that a deal is close to being agreed, so Paul Stretford is probably feeding the press what he wants when he wants.
One major positive for Rooney signing a new deal is that he would probably have asked for guarantees that United were going to invest big money in the next few years for new players, so it would be the biggest sign yet (alongside Juan Mata) that Moyes and Woodward intend to splash the cash this summer.
There is no denying that Rooney has made a fantastic return to form this year under David Moyes but there will certainly be some who will be against a new deal for Rooney given what has happened between him and the club in the past.
If Rooney does sign this new contract, it also likely means he will become United’s club captain as well – is that something that United fans would be happy with?
Do you think Manchester United should give Wayne Rooney a new five-year contract or sell him in the summer?