Manchester United News: Rooney, Oxford, Villalba

Manchester United ‘May Pay Up’ Rooney’s Contract

Wayne Rooney Manchester United transfer news and rumours
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Manchester United could offload Wayne Rooney next summer but they will have to pay up the final year of his £300,000-a-week contract. That’s the latest speculation about the future of the United and England skipper which comes from the Daily Mirror.

The Mirror claims that paying off Rooney is one of the options United have in the face of interest in the 30-year-old from clubs in China and MLS.

In a largely speculative piece, the paper claims that with Rooney dropped to the bench for both United and England his days as a top player are coming to an end.

But while the Mirror’s case involves a free transfer with the remainder of his £15million-a-year contract paid up, one of the options is a sale. Here, United might find clubs in China more willing to splash out on a high transfer fee than clubs in North America where there is less money in the game.

Rooney was recently urged to move to China by the director of marketing for the country’s Super League and there would be a huge payday for the England skipper. But Rooney – and particularly his wife Colleen – might be more open to a move to MLS where clubs are allowed three ‘designated players’ whose wages are much higher than the league’s salary cap.

Rooney said during the summer that he would be open to extending his contract with United. At the moment that is the least likely option.

United Target Oxford Rubbishes Contract Reports

West Ham United central defender and Manchester United transfer target Reece Oxford insists he is nowhere near signing a new contract with the Hammers.

The 17-year-old has turned down a new deal with West Ham and was linked during the summer with interest from Manchester United.

There has been some speculation that Oxford is close to a deal, but he took to Twitter to rubbish the claims.

“Been hearing some funny stuff recently,” Oxford said in a tweet.

Oxford made seven Premier League appearances last season. But the news he is refusing to sign a new contract have meant he is struggling even to get into the club’s reserve team. He has made just one appearance for the second string so far this season.

Manchester United Speak To Villalba Agent

The agent of Valencia youngster Fran Villalba admits Manchester United have been in contact over the youngster. However, he believes Valencia are against a move for the 18-year-old.

Villalba was linked earlier this week with interest from both United and from Barcelona. The youngster was regarded 18 months ago as one of the La Liga side’s brightest young hopes. Now, he cannot even make it into the club’s reserve side having made just five substitute appearances for the third division outfit.

However, Vicente Forés admits that initial contacts have come through himself rather than the club.

“With me. Just a contact to know his situation. They’re already aware,” Forés told Sports Witness.

“I don’t know about Valencia, but I reckon they will make it hard.”

Villalba has a release clause of €4million (£3.6million) in his contract with the La Liga side.