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Manchester United play hardball with Wayne Rooney as Manchester City wait in wings
Wayne Rooney is ready to pursue an incredible transfer to Manchester City after being told that Manchester United have no intention of making him the highest-paid player in English football.
Rooney has left his Old Trafford future hanging by a thread after informing United’s hierarchy last week that he would not commit himself to a new long-term contract.
But United are in no rush to restart contract talks with the England forward after being stunned by his wage demands. The former Everton player, whose current deal expires in June 2012, is understood to be angling for a pay hike to £200,000 a week.
Rooney’s deteriorating relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson has done little to encourage either side to back down. And despite the menacing threat of City’s mammoth wealth hanging over Old Trafford, United are refusing to cave in to Rooney’s demands.
Although moving from United to City would result in Rooney being vilified by the red half of Manchester, sources within the United camp have been made aware of the player’s readiness to contemplate such a move.
The possibility of Rooney, who celebrates his 25th birthday on Sunday, swapping red for blue is understood to be an open secret among his team-mates at United.
City remained coy on Monday night on the prospect of luring Rooney to Eastlands, but Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan will not struggle to raise the funds for the transfer fee or wages. (Telegraph)
Could it really happen? It seems unlikely but that won’t stop Man City making an offer as they have made a habit of attempting what appear overly optimistic additions to their Eastlands squad, but that being said Roberto Mancini has also managed to surprise many with some of their signings but clearly this would be the biggest of them all.
Most people seem to believe that if Wayne Rooney does leave Old Trafford then it will only to make a move abroad and that seems a safe bet but if City offer more than the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona then who knows, maybe Sir Alex Ferguson would take the money.
For the record some reports suggest that Sheikh Mansour is willing to offer up to £80m for the 24 year old England international and will offer him up to £250k a week.