Arsenal have lodged a £20 million bid for Manchester United Wayne Rooney. The striker has stated he wants to leave Old Trafford with Arsenal and Chelsea both interested in signing him. The Gunners have made the first move in what will surely be a summer long transfer saga.
Incoming Chelsea boss has eyed Rooney as one of his top transfer targets and will likely rival Arsenal’s opening bid although Manchester United still insist the striker is not for sale.
David Moyes is expected to sit down with Rooney next week to discuss his future and the options the player has. If United are to sell, they will hope PSG, Monaco or a foreign-based club will come in for the player with the preference of selling abroad rather than to a Premier League rival.
The main issue with Rooney is his role in the team rather than any feelings towards David Moyes, which was first suggested. The forward will still work under Moyes but wants to be clear about his role in the side with Robin Van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all competing for forward positions. Rooney was played deeper in midfield last season and will leave Old Trafford if the club feels his future lies in that position, however any new deal offered to him will have to include a testimonial with the player coming up to his decade at the club.
Arsenal and Chelsea are both willing to offer Rooney the chance to play upfront. The Gunners will also be interested in dealing their rivals the same blow that they dealt to them last summer when they managed to get Van Persie for £24 million, however his arrival at the club forced Rooney to play deeper and ultimately could have pushed him out of the club for good.
Things will be much clearer at the end of the week after the meeting between Moyes and Rooney. But what will happen? Will Rooney decide to stay on during the new Moyes era or will he take on a new challenge in London?