First and foremost I want to quickly say thankyou to all the guys here at WAGNH. I peruse all the other premier league team blogs here on SB Nation and we have by far the most thorough, up to date, and all round interesting guys feeding us info/rumours/general Chelsea related info. Well done.
I thought as my first post here I'd quickly put my opinion forward as to why Gareth Bale at his current price is actually 'good' value compared to the last rumour regarding Rooney.
Gareth Bale is currently one of the most devastating Wingers in the game and deservedly demands a high inter-club price - however from what I understand he is being signed to a 6 year deal worth £150k p/w. Fine, those wages are higher than any of our current squad, but for such a long contract taking him to the grand old age of 30, with his best playing years ahead, I'd say that that works out pretty cheap.
£93m initial outlay with £46.8m in wages = £139.8m *gulp*
Now to compare that to Rooney - I wont go into his pro's or cons as they have been discussed exhaustively here but lets just say, he's not at the top of his game and would require a lot of hard work to get back to (if he ever can) the top echelons of the world striking game.
The last prices and wages I read were that a final offer of £40m will be bid after Monday's game. Not bad you say - however the report (Yahoo/ESNP) also moots that it will include wages of £300k p/w! A figure which blows our salary structure out the water.
Putting that into context, that's £62.4m over the 4 years for a guy who is, let's face it, a punt.
So the total for Rooney would be £102.4m. (over a 6 year period though that makes £93.6m or a total of £133.6m)
So the question I guess is, Can Rooney really be worth only £6m (in total) less than Bale? Or to look at it in an even worse way is Rooney worth £47m MORE than Bale in terms of pure wages?
If Madrid manage to actually finalise the deal (currently on hold until AVB finds a replacement now that we've stolen Willian haha) then I'd say they've managed to conduct one good bit of business.
Anyway - over to the masses.........