London, Jan.25 (ANI): Manchester United will offer 40 million pounds to striker Wayne Rooney (150,000-pounds-a-week) to fend off interest from Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona FC.
Although Rooney still has two-and-a-half years on his current deal, United are ready to hand him a new contract that matches his status as the club's most influential player, reports The Mirror.
United are aware of interest in Rooney from Real Madrid and Barcelona, and recognise they must match the kind of wages the Spanish clubs are willing to offer the 24-year-old.
Rooney has no desire to leave Old Trafford, but all parties agree a new agreement, to reflect his emergence as one of the world's most influential players, must now be struck.
Club owners, the Glazers, recognise Rooney's importance in terms of preserving any semblance of harmony they have with United fans, which is why they are happy for the club to discuss a new deal. (ANI)