Wayne Rooney has reportedly held talks with two unnamed clubs. The England forward is understood to have met with a Premier League club before traveling to Europe to discuss a move to one a European giant.
Chelsea or Arsenal is believed to be the Premier League club in question while the continental club could be Real Madrid, Monaco or Paris Saint Germain. All these clubs have the financial power to sign the talented striker although which clubs held talks with Rooney are still unclear.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger went public with his interest in Rooney but also held talks with Gonzalo Higuain over a possible move to the Emirates. Rooney’s representatives have given Arsenal the green light to make a move for Rooney while the Arsenal board have allowed the club to use the necessary finances to complete a transfer for the England man.
Despite Chelsea’s interest, speculation has cooled since Arsene’s public statement on Rooney.
The reason behind Rooney’s shock transfer request is his unwillingness to work with David Moyes, the manager who sued his for libel after comments he made in his autobiography. Moyes managed Rooney during the striker’s two seasons at Everton before selling him to Manchester United.
The club have continued to insist the striker is not for sale however incoming manager Moyes would prefer to offload any players who didn’t want to be at the club to increase morale and start of his reign in the best manner. Rooney also feels out of place at Old Trafford having been pushed deeper in midfield since the arrival of Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie.
He feels his status has been dropped at United and relishes to be the marquee a player again, status he could regain at Arsenal. He insists he will not take a pay cut from his £250,000-a-week which would mean Arsenal would have to offer their highest every salary in order to capture him, a wage chief executive Ivan Gazidis says is more than possible.
Despite all this, Arsenal may not have been the club that Rooney held talks with and should the recent reports that Higuain is close to signing turn out to be true, then Rooney may well be dropped as a target unless Wenger is planning a complete overhaul this summer