Arsenal are set for a massive disappointment in their pursuit of England striker, Wayne Rooney if there is any truth in the news emanating from Old Trafford. According to Daily mail, new Manchester United gaffer, David Moyes is keen on keeping his former prodigy at Old Trafford.
Arsenal have been credited with an interest in taking Rooney to the Emirates and are reportedly ready to launch a 20 million Pounds bid while also matching his wages.
Wenger is in the market for attacking reinforcements and according to media reports, he is closing in on Real Madrid striker but wants to pair the English forward with the Argentine hotshot but with the reports of Moyes’ desire to keep Rooney, Le Prof might just have to look elsewhere.
On the Rooney/Moyes’ case, it’s a different thing for a manager to express desire in keeping a player, it is a totally different kettle of fish for the player to share the same desire. If my memory serves me right, Wenger wanted to keep both Nasri and Van Persie but they forced moves away. If Rooney is keen on leaving, there is little Moyes’ persuasion will do. Besides, it’s not as though Moyes’ is Rooney’s best friend, they’ve had huge altercations in the past and the previous mist between them could be pivotal in Rooney’s final decision.
Furthermore, Rooney’s place in the team is not as lofty as it used to be. Van Persie is the new beautiful bride and it doesn’t look like Rooney will displace him anytime soon. Manchester United have been linked with moves for a new striker, Napoli forward, Edison Cavani, the latest to be linked with them and they are also interested in signing Thiago Alcantra (midfielder). If these moves sail through, Rooney’s place in the team both midfield and attack will be thrown into further
Finally, Rooney has 2 years left on his current contract, keeping him against his will without him signing an extension will be tantamount to Manchester United shooting themselves in the foot. They will be keeping an unhappy player who could be unproductive and uncooperative to their cause while he would also be running down
his contract. By next summer, he will have just a year left on his contact and that would hugely pummel his value.
What then is the solution? Moyes could try to persuade him to stay but if he remains obstinate and insistent on a move away, they should sanction a sale. As for Arsenal, Wenger shouldn’t be detered by the Moyes’ desire to keep him. He wanted to keep Van Persie but that didn’t stop Fergie from tapping him up. This our time to reciprocate the gesture. he should continue his pursuit of him until he signs an extension or the transfer window slams shut.