Arsenal set to smash wage structure to lure Man United’s Rooney

Arsene Wenger could be preparing to smash Arsenal’s wage structure in a bid to lure England striker Wayne Rooney to the Emirates, according to The Mirror.

The striker has fallen out of favour at Man United, and question marks over his future were only increased when the club announced David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.

Moyes and Rooney have endured a turbulent relationship ever since the Scotsman gave Rooney his Premier League debut at the age of 16, though while the pair are said to have buried the hatchet it is also believed that Rooney is keen to pursue his career elsewhere.

With Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea also courting the prospect of attempting to sign the talisman, Arsene Wenger is armed with a war kitty in excess of £70m and the club are financially sustainable enough to compete for his signature in a bid to end their eight-year trophy drought.

The Gunners’ current top earner, Theo Walcott, earns in the region of £90k per week, but it is thought that this could be smashed, with the club preparing a package worth around £150k per week for Rooney.

This would still represent a significant pay cut from what he currently earns at Old Trafford, but many believe that he would accept this drop if it meant ending his recent misery at the Red Devils.

It is believed, however, that PSG could be preparing an offer of around £300k per week – indicating a rise for Rooney – but whether or not he fancies plying his trade in France remains to be seen.

Chiefs at Arsenal also feel that snatching Rooney could prove sweet irony for the club, having lost star player Robin van Persie to the Reds just 12 months previously.

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