City plotting £100m package to land Rooney
Published 23:00 18/10/10 By David McDonnell
Manchester City are preparing to pull off the biggest transfer deal of all-time with a £100million package to land Wayne Rooney.
The England striker has told Manchester United he has no intention of signing a new contract after falling out with boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
And City are ready to take advantage of the turmoil at Old Trafford.
The Eastlands hierarchy are drawing up an audacious transfer package that would see them pay United £50m for Rooney, plus another £50m in wages over a four-year deal.
City are willing to make Rooney the Premier League’s highest-paid player on £250,000 a week – £13m a year – and the disillusioned United striker is said to be up for the controversial move across Manchester.
Real Madrid have ruled out a move for Rooney when the transfer window re-opens in January, while Barcelona do not have the financial clout to sign the forward, who turns 25 on Sunday.
Rooney’s backroom team have already held unofficial talks at a high-level with City after the striker made it clear he wants to leave.
Although United chief executive David Gill will try and persuade Rooney to change his mind, it is understood Rooney is determined to go and will not entertain a reconciliation.
Rooney’s United team-mates are also understood to have tried to make him have a change of heart, with many fearing the team will go into decline if their star player carries out his threat to walk out.
City have already embarrassed United by taking striker Carlos Tevez away from them and the Argentina striker has become an instant hit at Eastlands.
Rooney is said to be undaunted at the inevitable abuse he would receive from United fans were he to defect to City, such is his anger with Fergie following their fall-out over the handling of the striker’s alleged off-field dalliances with prostitutes.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who has ruled out a move for Rooney, said: “I don’t think he will become available. I think the big man will persuade him to stay.”