No Bayern for Rooney – But Real Madrid?
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is not a target for Bayern Munich this summer but he could be in the sights of Real Madrid.
The England international had been thought to be on Bayern’s list of possible summer signings and the Bundesliga side were the first to be linked with a move when news broke of Rooney’s transfer request last week, but the German champions’ sporting director Matthias Sammer yesterday ruled out a move for he 27-year-old:
“I don’t know what Rooney would bring to the Bundesliga,” Sammer said. “I cannot 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.”
Bayern have been strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. At 24 the Poland international is three years younger than Rooney and while he will cost around 30million euro (£25million) he is expected to come in cheaper than the Englishman.
Reports last week stated that Rooney had put in a transfer request at Old Trafford but his options are steadily declining. Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Arsenal are all possible destinations but reports over the past 24 hours claim Rooney could be a target for Real Madrid. The Spanish side look set to part with coach Jose Mourinho this summer with PSG’s Carlo Ancelotti the favourite to take over and the Italian has already begun to compile his shopping list with the Juventus duo of Andrea Pirlo and Stephan Lichtsteiner said to be at the top. However, Rooney is also said to be one of his targets although reports that a deal for a 50million euro (£42million) transfer has already been done can be discounted at present.
Spanish newspaper Sport claims that Real president Florentino Perez was previously informed of Rooney’s intention to lodge a transfer request at Old Trafford and is set to make a bid to reunite him with Cristiano Ronaldo. It adds that Real are willing to offer United 40million euro (£34million) for Rooney and will offer the player a four-year deal at the Bernabeu.
Real are looking to offload at least one of their forwards this season with Gonzalo Higuain set to exit the Bernabeu. Karim Benzema’s future has also been called into question and while it looks to be a case of Higuain or Benzema, the latter has been linked in recent weeks with interest from Manchester United and could be used a bargaining chip in any deal involving Rooney.
However, the news ought to be taken with a pinch of salt and it is noticeable that the possibility of Rooney moving to Real is only being discussed in Barcelona papers such as Sport and El Mundo Deportivo rather than in the Madrid-based press which are usually more reliable when it comes to matters surrounding Real.
Other reports from Catalunya yesterday claimed that Barcelona fans are dreaming of a ‘trident’ consisting of Rooney and Brazilian superstar Neymar alongside Lionel Messi (see here for details).
Chelsea and Arsenal are still possibilities but having rejected Rooney’s transfer request it is unlikely that United will want to sell hm to one of their Premier League rivals.
Rooney was booed as he went up to collect his Premier League-winner’s medal after the home game with Swansea City on Sunday and pockets of United supporters booed him again during the club’s open-top bus tour of the city on Monday evening.
Rio Ends England Career
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from international football. The former England captain made the last of his 81 England appearances in the 2-2 draw with Switzerland in June 2011.
The 34-year old had an international career spanning 14 years beginning with his first cap against Cameroon in 1997.
Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the season and despite signing up new TV sports channel BT Sport he is believed to be looking to extend his playing career at United under new boss David Moyes.