Manchester United have opened contract talks with Wayne Rooney, as reported by the BBC.
On the back of their sensational transfer coup for Juan Mata, United hope to add to the feel-good factor surrounding the club by concluding negotiations with their number ten within a few weeks.
Tying down the fourth highest goalscorer in United history would be welcome news in all quarters. It would also represent a complete turnaround, as Rooney requested a transfer away from the club towards the end of last season, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.
It would certainly help lift the mood at Old Trafford after a nightmare few weeks for Moyes' men, with defeats to Tottenham and Chelsea in the league compounded by an embarrassing semi-final cup exit to Sunderland.
It would also be a blow for United's rivals with Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid all following the striker's situation closely, as his current deal only has 18 months left on it. Chelsea had previously moved for Rooney over the summer, and it was turned down by United out of hand.
Rooney is currently on £250,000-a-week and is considering an improved deal, which would make him the club's highest paid player in their history. Even if United's current campaign has been an unmitigated disaster and should be written off, recent developments make the future look much brighter for the Red Devils.
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