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The 27-year-old has two years remaining on his current £250,000-a-week salary and Old Trafford executives are wary of allowing the England star to run down his contract

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By Greg Stobart


Manchester United are set to offer Wayne Rooney a new four-year contract this summer, Goal.com can reveal.

WAYNE'S WORLD

ROONEY'S 2012-13 PL STATS
GAMES PLAYED
MINUTES PLAYED
GOALS
ASSISTS
TOTAL SHOTS
SHOT ACCURACY
26
1,988
12
10
85
54%
The England star has just two years left on his existing £250,000-a-week deal and has seen his Old Trafford future called into question, with relations with Sir Alex Ferguson privately strained at times this season.

However, while Sir Alex continues to privately hold concerns about the frontman's conditioning, United executives are wary of allowing the forward to run down his contract as his transfer value would nosedive.

Goal.com revealed in March that Rooney and his manager were butting heads over his future but the Premier League champions are now readying a financial package to offer the forward.

United are unlikely to meet Rooney's existing salary, negotiated after he threatened to quit for rivals Manchester City in 2010, preferring instead to present a more incentivised contract alongside a lower basic wage.

The player is desperate to remain at the club despite rumours of interest from Paris Saint-Germain but his agent, Paul Stretford, is expected to once again play hardball with the Red Devils over his salary demands.

As revealed in March, the England striker admitted concerns to his international colleagues about being shipped out of Manchester this summer - despite his desperation to remain in the North West, where he is settled with his family.

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Still, even though Rooney was notably dropped for United's crucial Champions League last-16 clash against Real Madrid in March as his relationship with his manager deteriorated, it appears that he will be able to stay at the club nearly nine years after joining from Everton.

Sports merchandising giant Nike, which manufactures United's kit and is also Rooney's boot sponsor, is also believed to have been key to the club's willingness to discuss a new contract, expressing its desire for the forward to remain at the Premier League champions during recent meetings to discuss the renewal of its partnership with the club.

While Sir Alex has publicly declared that Rooney will not be sold, privately he has been planning for his potential departure, with Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski lined up as his first-choice replacement.

United have also been looking into a sensational deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back from Real Madrid, while chief executive David Gill has made an enquiry to Tottenham for PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale.

Rooney, who would command a transfer fee in the region of £30 million, has scored 16 goals in all competitions for United this season and provided 15 assists.

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