Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is set to secure his long term future with the club by signing a five and a half year extension with the Red Devils. The club is reportedly offering Rooney a £300,000 a week salary which would make him the highest earning player in the Premier League by a fair margin. This deal comes at a time when United are having a “crisis” season where they currently sit outside of the top five in the league and if things stay the same they would miss out on even the Europa League next year. There were rumors that Rooney and manager David Moyes were not on good terms since Rooney was at Everton but they have seemingly patched things up this season.
If the reports of this new contract are indeed true, then whatever slim chance there was of Rooney transferring to Chelsea FC can be thrown out the window. The past two transfer windows have been full of speculation that the England frontman would soon be wearing Chelsea blue but this contract and his wages would make him unmovable.
Rooney has been in fine form for United this season and has been far and away their best player when healthy. He also has put whatever issues he had with the club behind him and there were even reports of him being involved in transfer dealings from now on. With the rumors of Robin Van Persie not meshing well with Moyes swirling about then it appears that Rooney will soon be top dog again at United. Whether that is at striker or a deeper number ten playmaker remains to be seen.
The wages for a player of Rooney’s age and with his injury history are still astronomical and even if the striker is so ingrained in the identity of the club it’s hard to say that it will be money well-spent. Rooney is a player that has consistently struggled with fitness and there are periods when it’s rare that he would finish all 90 minutes of a match. His workrate is usually exceptional but to spend that much money on a player who can’t even give you a full match on a regular basis is strange and hard to explain for a club that needs to refresh nearly their entire squad.
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