Attacker was the subject of offers from both Chelsea and Arsenal during the recent close-season transfer window.
Premier League champions Manchester United face the very real prospect of losing star striker Wayne Rooney for a knock-down price at the end of this season unless they enter into negotiations soon with the player’s representative over a new contract, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
The England international is so far enjoying an eye-catching start to the new campaign for both his club and country, which only serves to reinforce the urgent need to tie Rooney down to a new long-term deal at Old Trafford.
Rooney, 27, has a bumper £220,000-per-week contract that now only runs until June 30 2015, all of which means that were the Red Devils to reach next summer without the front man still having put pen to paper on a extension to that deal, then the top-flight giants would be forced to offload the coveted Englishman for a cut-price fee rather than risk losing the player on a free transfer in 2015.
However, despite new United chief executive Ed Woodward having been keen to sit down with Rooney’s advisers of late for face-to-face talks over a possible new contract, it is understood that the Rooney camp first want to see what revelations come out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography, which is due to be published next week, before making any final decisions on the forward’s future in the north west.