Alisher Usmanov has pleaded with Arsene Wenger to make a move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The Arsenal shareholder insisted the forward would be a ‘big success’ at the Gunners.
Usmanov has given his backing for the club to make a mega money offer for Rooney. The club have been handed a staggering £70 million war chest and are expected to use the first piece of it to sign Gonzalo Higuain for £22 million. The Argentine’s arrival would dampen any efforts to bring in further strikers Rooney, Stevan Jovetic or David Villa with the club already having Olivier Giroud and new recruit Yaya Sanogo while the futures of Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, Niklas Bendtner and Park Ju-Young still uncertain.
The Uzbek billionaire has been frozen out of the Arsenal board but has stood by the club and remains hopeful of completing a takeover in the future, which would give Arsenal heavy investment. He has stood by the club and the manager stating the Wenger is the only man for the job.
“My point of view is that Arsene knows best. Of course, we as shareholders do point out some drawbacks in managing the club, in steering its way through. But I believe he is a great coach and he has already proven that last season.” said Usmanov.
Higuain’s signing would smash the club’s current transfer record of £15 million while the striker would become Arsenal’s highest earner however a move for Rooney would eclipse both of these. Rooney is valued at £30 million by Manchester United, £7 million higher than the reported fee for Higuain while he would demand wages of £250,000-a-week, which is £120,000-a-week higher than the reported salary of Higuain. A difference, which is higher than Arsenal’s current top earners, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski, in itself.
A strike partnership of Higuain and Rooney would certainly give the club the firepower to challenge for the Premier League but Wenger will be keen to not spend all the money at once while chances for Giroud and Sanogo would be limited should both players arrive.