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The Sunday Times (subscription required) reports that Wayne Rooney has signed a blockbuster new contract with Manchester United, one that will keep him at the club until 2018.
The newspaper reports that the deal is worth around £300,000-a-week—the biggest in the Premier League—ending speculation that Rooney might leave Old Trafford at the conclusion of his current deal, which was due to expire in the summer of 2015.
The Times reports:
Wayne Rooney has signed a new contract with Manchester United that will keep him at the club until 2018. The deal is believed to be worth around £70m to the England striker, who nearly joined Chelsea last summer.
Rooney's salary will be £300,000-a-week, making him the best-paid player in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old nearly joined Manchester City in 2011 and was understood to be interested in a move last season after falling out with then boss, Sir Alex Ferguson. When David Moyes, who managed the player at Everton until he left for Old Trafford in 2004, joined the club in the summer it was unclear if Rooney would stay. At the time he had two years left on a contract that saw him paid £250,000-a-week.
Rooney's decision to sign the new contract—which was also reported by Charlie Wyett The Sun (subscription required)—is believed to have partly stemmed from the signing of Juan Mata, which convinced the England player of United's long-term ambitions.
But the spending is unlikely to stop there, with the Times adding:
United's spending is unlikely to stop with Mata and Rooney, with influential midfielders and replacements for [Nemanja] Vidic and [Rio] Ferdinand a priority. Moves are being considered for Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos and Mario Mandzukic, as well as Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal of Juventus.
Southampton's talented left-back Luke Shaw and Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani are also possible targets.
The Mirror's Simon Mullock, meanwhile, claims that Borussia Dortmund have shown an interest in taking Shinji Kagawa back—opening the door to a possible swap deal involving Ilkay Gundogan.