Transfer rumors continue to fly hot and fast for Manchester United star striker Wayne Rooney. As of May 18, 2013, the want-away forward has been linked all over Europe and continues to increase the amount of speculation around his future in England.
The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson came hand and hand for United with a transfer request from Rooney and saw the player dropped from the first team in his legendary manager’s final match at Old Trafford last weekend.
Having been at the club since 2004, perhaps the England international believes he needs a new challenge. It could also be that competition with Robin Van Persie and Javier Hernandez for a first team place is starting to be to much for the player.
Whatever the reasons, Rooney is looking at his potential new homes in the coming weeks and the media has already exploded with rumors about where he could end up over the summer. From a move within the Premier League to hoping the English Channel and heading into Europe here are all the latest Rooney rumors from around the press.
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Arsenal had been rumored to be interested in Wayne Rooney, but according to Gunners manager Arsene Wenger in the Telegraph the club have not made any attempt to contact Manchester United over the player:
“At the moment, we have no interest in anybody. We have only one interest, which is of course Sunday’s game.”
“The first thing we would do is to call Man United, which we have not done.”
After Arsenal sold Robin Van Persie to United last summer, perhaps Rooney could be hoping to replace the former Arsenal No. 10 after having spent the season trying to keep pace with the Netherlands international at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United at the moment has one official stance on the Wayne Rooney situation; he is not going anywhere.
However, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has decided that it is high time he washed his hands of the problem according to comments made to SkySports, and pass the torch to future United boss David Moyes:
“I have not spoken to David about Wayne.
I’m sure he will address it when he gets here. I have no idea why Wayne wants to leave, it is not my department. I am no longer interested in that.
David is going to deal with that and, quite rightly, he wants to deal with it.”
Moyes is the manager that sold Wayne Rooney to Manchester United from Everton in 2004 for a fee of £20 million.
Wayne Rooney on the United Bench
The Express is claiming that English bookies are fearful that Chelsea could be set to make one of the biggest moves in history.
With Jose Mourinho believed to be the next in line after Rafael Benitez, the Portuguese manager could be reclaiming his Stamford Bridge thrown to the sound of Roman Abramovich breaking the bank for a double signing of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
As far-fetched as it may sound, there is no limit to the amount of cash Abramovich appears to be willing to throw at his club in order to win European titles.
Wayne Rooney stands at the corner flag
Newcastle United has been tossed around in the media as a potential landing place for Wayne Rooney according to Sports Direct’s website as mention by the Guardian.
However, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has squashed any such talk with his comments to SkySports:
“When Demba [Ba] went in January and we didn’t secure [Loic] Remy, it was obvious that we were going to need to bring in a striker or two in this summer window, and hopefully we can,” said Pardew.
“But Rooney won’t be one of them, 100%, I can assure you.”
It also is not certain if the Geordie crowd would be Rooney’s biggest fans either.
Wayne Rooney celebrates for England
The Independent has linked Rooney with a potential to French club, Paris Saint-Germain. However, this is belief that the egotistical mind of Zlatan Ibrahimovic would not deal to well with Rooney in the picture.
Regardless of that train of thought, the combination of Rooney, Ibrahimovic and the surrounding group of Javier Pastore, Ezequiel Lavezzi and more could see PSG become an even stronger force in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Wayne Rooney celebrates against Reading
Wayne Rooney may have been rumored to be headed to Bayern Munich, but the Bavarian club’s Sporting Director, Matthias Samme crushed any hope of that happening with a blunt push back at Rooney according to comments in the Guardian:
“I don’t know what Rooney would bring to the Bundesliga.
“I can’t answer that. I can answer that we have great respect for Wayne Rooney but there has been no contact with him. There is no contact and he’s not on the agenda. No, no. Absolutely not.”
With Bayern reaching their second straight Champions League Final this season, it is no wonder they feel they have enough fire power already at the Allianz Arena.
Wayne Rooney attacks for Manchester United
Manchester City looked poised to make a bank breaking move for Wayne Rooney not too long ago and were part of the reason that Manchester United were forced to offer their striker a massive salary of around £250,000-per-week.
With that being said, now that City and United are both in managerial transitions, it could be the perfect time for the Citizens to strike, and a reunion of Carlos Tevez and Rooney could be a goal feasting combination for the sky blues next season.