Wayne Rooney’s reported £300,000-a-week new contract has sent shockwaves through the football world. The Former Everton striker put pen to paper on the deal which will see him remain at Old Trafford until 2019.
The deal makes the England international striker the best paid player in the history of the Premier League – but the question remains, is he worth it?
Reported by The Mirror, the Scottish-born Liverpool legend believes it’s a double-edged sword. On one hand Manchester United have tied down arguably their best player for the rest of his career, however, Dalgilsh can also see Rooney’s wages being used as a barometer, adding:
“Signing Wayne is great news for United, but it also gives them a problem with new players coming in, looking for a deal that’s on a par with what he’s getting.”
“So in that respect it could prove a bit awkward for United. They’re a financially sound club with a huge turnover, but they may find the agents of players they want to sign this summer using Wayne’s new wages as a barometer of what they want.”
“It doesn’t matter about their ability, they’ll just look at Wayne’s wages. These players might not be a patch on Wayne in terms of ability, but that won’t stop them looking for money they’re not entitled to.”
As a result of the new deal, added pressure will be put on both Rooney and Manchester United to start performing at the highest level.
The Red Devils’ Champions League prospects look all but over for this season, therefore this summer’s recruitment may well be the most important in the club’s recent history.
Can Manchester Uncited afford to pay wages similar to that of Manchester City or Chelsea? Will they want to recruit anyone who is looking for ‘Rooney type’ wages? What happens if other Manchester United players outperform Wayne Rooney on a regular basis…Will they want a huge increase in wages too?
These are important questions which the club may need to look at in the near-future, and ones which arguably should have been considered before committing to Wayne Rooney’s new deal.
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