The Dutchman, who last year led to a historic treble in winning the Champions League, Serie A and the Coppa Italia, and then helped Holland to the World Cup final, is expecting a significant increase on his current £5.2million a year deal.
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Sneijder, who was linked with United last summer, is exactly the calibre of player Rooney expects the United's owners, the Glazer family, to attract to the club after the promises they made in a transatlantic phone conversation at the end of last week to persuade their star to stay at Old Trafford.
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First was assurances that manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who will be 69 in December, was committed to the club for at least the next few years, provided he maintained his health, and even potentially for the entire length of new five-year deal.
The second major area concerned Rooney's own health, with worries that his longevity will be affected by his rugged style.
A source close to the negotiations said: 'Rooney appreciates that, being such a competitive player in probably the most challenging role in football, his shelf life at the highest level may not be as long as players in other positions.
'Whatever happened in the past few days and even before that, it didn't affect one bit the respect and regard Wayne feels for Sir Alex. He knows any success he has had since joining United has been because of their relationship.
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'He wants only the best for United. He wants them to be the best football team in Europe and he knows the best chance of that happening will be if Sir Alex remains in charge for as long as possible.'
Sneijder's arrival would help United's ambitions. He has just two-and-a-half years left on his contract and if Inter cannot reach agreement in the coming months, they will be forced to sell him in January or this summer if they wish to realise the his £40million value.
Talks between Sneijder's agent Soren Lerby and the club have continued since his excellent summer but broke off last Thursday.
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