So it turns out that United are prepared to give Wayne Rooney, £170000 a week to kill off any interest from sunny Barcelona. But does the move make him football’s highest paid player?
News of the World reports!
Me thinks footballers are paid far too much and these wages are out of this world. To many, am a hater and one who doesn’t want to accept the idea that footballing talent is rare and so MUST be rewarded handsomely. But hang on a second, is £45,000 ugly?
WAYNE ROONEY will become the highest-paid player in Premier League history and the face of Manchester United for the next decade.
United chiefs will offer him an astonishing £170,000-a-week contract when negotiations open next February.
And that will include a £45,000-a-week image rights deal to become Old Trafford’s poster boy.
United have become increasingly aware of temptations from Spain for Rooney with Barcelona having put him top of their wanted list for the summer.
Rooney knows of Barca’s interest and is intrigued by the prospect of lining up alongside the likes of Lionel Messi but still retains a huge loyalty to United.
The Old Trafford hierarchy plan to reward that loyalty with the most lucrative contract in the club’s history.
Considerable work has already been done on the deal behind the scenes but no talks can take place until January when the ban on Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford is lifted.
The deal will include a a major image rights element which overshadows United’s previous highest agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo had an image rights agreement with the club, but that was affected when he launched his CR7 range.
Rooney, who is already contracted to United’s shirt sponsor Nike, will be far easier to tie up.
There is an eagerness at United to seal an agreement before the World Cup where Rooney seems certain to emerge as one of the stars of the tournament – prompting an even greater demand from the biggest clubs around the world.