The sudden news of Rooney’s wish to quit the champions in the summer did catch Manchester United and their fans off guard, especially due to the nature of the timing of the announcement, shortly following boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire at the end of the season.
With the English forward asking for a transfer away from Old Trafford for the second time in just over three years, it looks highly likely that the 27-year old will get his wish this time around and will be allowed to leave. Since the reports leaked out, there has been constant media buzz as to where Rooney will head, with a move to one of United’s domestic rivals being touted as the most likely possibility.
Rooney has been linked to Arsenal off late, however many wrote off the Gunners’ chances of luring the star, given their reluctance to pay hefty transfer amounts for a player, and their financial restraint regarding weekly wages. However, things have changed recently for Arsenal as Daily Mail reported that the London club are finally ready to ditch their conservative approach regarding transfers and are looking to spend big over the summer.
They are poised to receive a massive £70 million for transfers, and manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated that he will spend big if he has to, provided the player possesses the required quality.
Therefore, given Rooney’s undeniable quality up front, Wenger could be convinced to try and acquire his services. However, the only possible stumbling block, which could put this deal in jeopardy, is Rooney’s hefty weekly wages. He reportedly earns a massive £250,000 a week at United currently, and is one of the league’s highest earners.
Arsenal’s currently highest earn is Lukas Podolski, who earns just over £100,000 a week. However, there have been indications that the Gunners will be able to raise their wage ceiling as they are highly expected to get rid of over-paid dead wood. The likes of Andrei Arshavin and Sebastian Squilacci are eating up a vast amount of the wages. Offloading them could work in Arsenal’s favor in their pursuit of Rooney.
Do you see Arsenal and Wenger pulling off this sensational coup?