Reports today have suggested that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will commit to a new long term deal worth £70 million to stay at the club.
The troubles which have plagued United this season in terms of inconsistency have created doubts over the futures of key stars.
With Nemanja Vidic announcing that he’ll be leaving at the end of the season and Robin Van Persie linked with a move away, should Rooney officially sign on the dotted line for the club it will create a number of benefits.
There’s every chance that United won’t finish in the top four this season, which would mean no Champions League football and more than likely several squad rotations on a Thursday night in the Europa League.
The worry that creates is the idea that United won’t be able to attract top players, in the same quality bracket as Rooney, which will further dent their Premier League and Champions League chances.
Rooney is considered a world class player by plenty of colleagues across Europe and his commitment would be an example of the infrastructure United enjoy and their financial strength.
That should aid United going after more high profile deals similar to the one which has just seen Juan Mata move to Old Trafford from Chelsea for the princely sum of £37 million.
United benefit from being well connected around the world commercially and economically which makes it easier for them to take the hit of no Champions League football, which could be damaging to other clubs.
Their ability to pay the top fees and offer competitive packages to players will be as competitive as any other side.
Rooney’s potential new deal is also a huge statement of his belief in the club and manager David Moyes, who has been criticised, attacked and branded ‘not good enough’ for the majority of this season.
Rooney, like any other top player, is someone who wants success and silverware and his signature is a statement that he believes he can still win trophies in Manchester United colours, justifying the choice of Sir Alex Ferguson in David Moyes to replace him.
Players will also leave this summer with David Moyes having already admitted that there will be an overhaul with several players likely to arrive in the summer, which will help to balance the book against the amount of cash which will leave the club.
Anyone can create a list of top players linked with United in the last couple of months; Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus, Toni Kroos, Cesc Fabregas and plenty of others.
A new deal for Rooney improves the chances of the club of signing their priority, top quality and high profile targets.
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