Rooney stalls on United contract

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Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty ImagesWayne Rooney: Making United sweat over a new contract?

Wayne Rooney is said to be stringing Manchester United along as he contemplates signing a new contract with the club.

The Sun newspaper reports United officials are confident of sealing a new four-year deal with Rooney, but the England forward is content to play the waiting game as the clock ticks on his current contract -- which expires at the end of next season.

The 28-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer, and is allegedly keen to explore his options over the coming months before committing to a long-term deal.

In a related report, The Sun also claims United are set to unveil a new 300 million pounds five-year kit deal with Nike. This deal would triple that of their current arrangement, and double the most expensive comparable deal in football -- Real Madrid's 31 million pounds-a-year deal with Adidas. The Nike contract would allow United greater wage and transfer funds, and could see them tie down some big-name players in the near future.

Finally, Globosporte reports Alexandre Pato could be on his way out of Brazilian club Corinthians, with Tottenham said to be interested in the forward once more. Andre Villas-Boas is a long-time admirer of Pato's talent, but missed out on a summer move for the 24-year-old. The reports surfaced as Corinthians officials are understood to be underwhelmed by his performances and effort in recent weeks.

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