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Rooney wants to strike a new deal
Wayne Rooney will seek assurances from Sir Alex Ferguson over his role with Manchester United before committing to a new contract at Old Trafford this summer. Negotiations over whether to extend the England forward’s £250,000-a-week deal will begin in the next few weeks amid huge uncertainty over Rooney’s future. His main concern is likely to be where he will play now Robin van Persie has established himself as the club’s first-choice striker. England’s leading striker has played in midfield recently and that is bound to raise concerns with the World Cup just over a year away and qualification far from certain. As well as dropping Rooney to the bench for the Champions League clash with Real Madrid in March, Ferguson substituted him for the fourth time in five games on Sunday at Arsenal — a scenario that would have been unthinkable not so long ago. There is little doubt Rooney would prefer to stay, but it would be understandable if the 27-year-old wants to be sure he is making the right move as he negotiates the last big contract of his career. United, for their part, will also seek a firm commitment from Rooney as they consider whether to cash in on a player who has two years left on his contract or to offer him another deal.
Elsewhere, Mark Ogden of The Telegraph says United have put the wheels in motion for several transfer deals, hinting that the Reds could be interested in Porto’s James Rodriguez, Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski and Everton’s Leighton Baines. His piece is based on Sir Alex’s revelation that he is already planning for next season.
In more transfer talk, the Express claims Juventus might resurrect their interest in Nani this summer after reports in Italy said the Serie A champions are willing to offer around £13m for his services - and a salary of £127,000 a week.