Wayne Rooney will be offered a stunning £300,000-per-week contract to stay at Manchester United, a deal that would also see him briefed on transfers and offered the Old Trafford captaincy, according to reports.
A source within the club has spoken of Rooney's willingness to commit, per Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star:
Early talks have happened, although nothing has been agreed.
But signs are very positive. He is genuinely happy now. He likes the manager and the coaches and he wants to stay. There is no timescale on getting things done though and many factors to consider and take into account.
David McDonnell of the Mirror also writes Rooney "will be made Manchester United captain if he commits," replacing Nemanja Vidic, who seems likely to leave at the end of the season.
Cross' report suggests Rooney is "ecstatic" about the arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea and is privy to information regarding David Moyes' future transfer targets. John Cross of the Mirror confirmed this with a sarcastic tweet:
Manchester United hoping to get green light from Wayne Rooney before moving for Luke Shaw.— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 27, 2014
It seems if the forward is willing to commit, he will receive a greater sense of responsibility than ever before.
Rooney possesses the natural determination to be United's new leader. His willingness to battle, energy across the pitch and intimidating style make him an excellent candidate to take the armband, but Rooney will need to improve his temperament if he is to positively impact United's youngsters.
The former Everton forward often teeters on the brink of letting his emotion get the better of him, as we saw with his frustrated kick on Jordon Mutch during United's November clash with Cardiff, per Riath Al-Samarrai of the Daily Mail.
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Despite scoring a healthy 11 goals and providing 12 assists in the Premier League and Champions League this season, per WhoScored.com, Rooney has also picked up seven yellow cards. While the fire in his gut remains one of his greatest attributes, he becomes a liability when frustrated.
Rooney's rumoured willingness to ink a new deal would end an irritating saga at the club.
Although the player denied handing in a second transfer request at the culmination of last season, Chelsea's interest could have seen the Englishman head to West London for the peak of his career, per Jack Wilson of the Daily Star.
Mata has now made the opposite move, providing United with three of the Premier League's most creative outputs, as tweeted by OptaJoe:
3 - Three of the top six players for PL goals+assists since Aug 2011 now play for Man Utd (RVP 83, Rooney 71 & Juan Mata 45). Firepower.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 25, 2014
Rooney has played just one game in 2014 due to injury. His return to the side, alongside the arrival of Mata, will provide United with hope of qualifying for next season's Champions League.
If the 28-year-old signs a new long-term contract, this ambition is set to galvanise across the next few years.