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Report – Arsenal Set To Test Man Utd With Rooney Bid But Chelsea Also Keen
It seems we could be set to get the ball rolling on trying to sign Wayne Rooney with the Manchester Evening News reporting that Arsenal are expected to table an opening offer to Manchester United in the coming days.
The local newspaper claims that Rooney is still determined to leave Old Trafford this summer after a difficult campaign last season that resulted in the 27-year-old verbally asking to quit the club.
The departure of Sir Alex Ferguson was touted by some as a ‘fresh start’ for the striker but it appears David Moyes arrival has done nothing to quell Rooney’s desire to move on and the M.E.N claim we are set to start the bidding war for the £25m-rated forward.
United are still hopeful of persuading Rooney to stay but if they do have to sell they’re determined not to sell to a domestic title rival. The M.E.N suggest Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to take the striker to Stamford Bridge but with the Blues one of the favourites for the title next year, it’s unlikely the bosses at Old Trafford would sanction such a move, while they wouldn’t even entertain selling to Man City.
Therefore, if Rooney wants to remain in the Premier League Arsenal look likely to be his only realistic option as we’ve not been in the title-mix for years. Wages are going to be the main sticking point and I still maintain a deal is highly unlikely, but you just never know.
If he decides to try his luck abroad, the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona are understood to be keen and I personally think if he does leave United, he’ll go overseas. There is also the possibility United will force him to stay but with just two years left on his current contract, that would be a risky strategy, so this summer could be the champions best time to cash-in.
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