The football world is currently getting carried along on the wave of speculation which surrounds the massive transfer of Juan Mata to Manchester United.
We still can’t quite believe that Chelsea have sanctioned the deal and think that they have given Manchester United and David Moyes and get out of jail free card. The money will now be flying in to the bookies on Manchester United finishing in the top four.
Because, we think, that Mata to Manchester United is an even bigger deal than Ozil to Arsenal. Manchester United are desperate for a boost, after a shocking season so far, and to be able to sign a world-class player in January is beyond the expectations of most fans – and probably even the club itself.
The player can now concentrate on getting Manchester United into the top four and getting himself perfectly prepared for the World Cup. Now that he is guaranteed a place in this first 11 he will surely be on the plane to Brazil with the Spain national squad. Simply put this guy is one of the top 10 players in the world on form. £37m is a snip.
But amidst all that hype there has been some perhaps even better news for Manchester United fans today. Because reports in the Daily Mail and other media outlets suggest that Wayne Rooney is in negotiations over a new contract with Manchester United – a contract that will, in all likelihood, see him through to the end of his career.
Wayne Rooney’s agent has been locked in talks with Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward over a new deal for the England star.
Rooney, who has 18 months left to run on his contract, has attracted interest from Chelsea and Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The forward’s agent Paul Stretford was at United’s Carrington training base on Wednesday before returning on Thursday morning to hold further discussions, with Rooney’s Old Trafford future topping the agenda.
Mata will be a huge signing Manchester United if a deal goes through. But Wayne Rooney will always be Manchester United’s talisman. Without him Manchester United have lacked bite and fighting spirit over the last few weeks and his absence has been huge. He is the heartbeat of the team.
Manchester United must hold on to Wayne Rooney at all costs and this news will be music to the ears of true supporters of the club.
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