Wenger Confident Of Signing Wayne Rooney

Wayne RooneyArsene Wenger insisted they are still in the race to sign Wayne Rooney despite the striker favouring a move to London rivals Chelsea.

New Blues boss Jose Mourinho had a bid rejected yesterday for the England international with Manchester United reaffirming their desire not to sell. However, ‘the special one’ is considering a second bid.

Rooney is seemingly on his way out of United with his role in the team being ‘back-up’ to Robin Van Persie. The 27-year old does not want to take a pay-cut and Wenger is adamant he wont have to if he joins Arsenal.

The Gunners aren’t well known for the high wages they pay with their top earner getting £100,000-a-week. Rooney’s demands would require double that figure but Wenger has announced that the club could afford it.

Van Persie’s move from Arsenal to United unsettled Rooney last summer and he could be set to move in the opposite direction with his wages seeming assured.

“It happened to us last year and it can happen to them.”

“Rooney is under contract and has two years to go so it’s United who make the decision.”

“But we would not have a problem with the wages of Rooney.”

Just because they can afford to, it doesn’t mean they would be prepared to offer wages of that sum. The comments are more of a statement of intent from Wenger rather than anything else but Wenger is still very interested in bringing Rooney to the Emirates and has his eyes firmly on the situation with their deal for Gonzalo Higuain going cold.

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