Manchester United will offer a one-year contract extension to Rio Ferdinand but will reduce his salary to almost half.
The defender will turn 34 next month and is to open talks with United.
The club wants Rio to continue for more than 11 years but it is their policy to offer reduced wages to it players over the age of 30. Ferdinand should not expect a £120,000-a-week wages.
It is speculated that Rio Ferdinand will be offered £60-70,000-a-week.
All this is not related to the racism shirt’s controversy.
The policy implemented by United for their players in their mid-30s is that their wages are reduced nd their first team game decreases. Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have all gone through this. However, it is less likely for Rio Ferdinand to get less playing time, atleast until Vidic is not back as United is not completely out of their injury crises.
Ferdinand and his advisers will have to decide whether to accept this deal or leave United to join some other club. It is pretty obvious for Rio that he will not receive a lengthier contract from United.
MLS clubs New York Red Bulls, West Ham and Chicago Fire would be interested in signing Rio Ferdinand.
It was said that Rio will have to suffer for not wearing the Kick It Out shirt before United played Stoke. However, Fergie dealt with the situation professionally and held a meeting of his players at Carrington, which was also attended by Rio.
Rio apparently apologised to Fergie for not telling him about his decision before the match.