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Rooney can buy himself out of Man Utd contract - for £12M

Wayne Rooney could buy his way out of his Manchester United contract.

The Sunday Mirror says Rooney can spark a transfer scramble by buying himself out of his Manchester United contract next summer.

The England striker fears that United will reject an expected third and improved bid of £40million from Chelsea this week.

But Rooney is desperate to quit Old Trafford as soon as possible - and Sunday Mirror Sport understands his camp are aware of the possibility of exploiting Article 17 of FIFA's regulations for the 'Status and Transfer of Players'.

That would allow Rooney to buy himself out of the last 12 months of his contract if he agrees to pay United compensation based on his earnings.

It would cost the 27-year-old around £12m to walk away from the Premier League champions as a free agent.

He would then be able to recoup the cost - and more - by demanding a hefty signing-on fee from any club interested in securing his services.

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