Wayne Rooney is about to be the highest-paid player in English football.
According to various reports, the striker is about to sign a five-and-a-half year extension with Manchester United worth a reported 300,000 pounds a week that would see him at Old Trafford until 2019.
The 28-year-old England international came over to United from Everton in 2004.
Though a five-time Premier League champion and Champions League-winner with the club, Rooney's time with United has not gone without its controversy. In August of 2010, Rooney released a statement questioning the Red Devils' ambition and declaring his intent to leave the club. Only days later in a dramatic turn of events, Rooney signed a contract extension. Towards the end of last season, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that Rooney had submitted a transfer request and speculation grew about Rooney's future with the arrival of David Moyes at Old Trafford, Rooney's former manager at Everton with whom he shared a frosty relationship. Although, Rooney denied that he wanted out, he was linked for a majority of the summer with a move to rivals Chelsea. By the beginning of the season, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho delcared his pursuit of the striker dead.
Defending champion United currently sits seventh in the BPL table, 11 points adrift of Liverpool for the final Champions League place. The club's next fixture is on Saturday when it travels to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.