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Arsenal Still In Chase For Rooney

Arsenal are set to begin the chase for want-away Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, after reports in Manchester suggesting a meeting between him and his former Everton boss, David Moyes, failed to convince Rooney of a stay.

Rooney has been making headlines for the wrong reasons, ever since United won the Barclays Premier League for the final time under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot revealed in the final days of his term that Rooney has filed a transfer request at the club for a second time, disappointing fans who expected Rooney to fulfill his contract.

Robin van Persie has taken over United’s striking department by storm, and the highflying Dutchman significantly overshadowed Rooney’s presence in the team, as he lead the attack from the front.

United fans will be deeply disappointed at this news, especially because both high-profile strikers seemed to connect well with each other, and formed a good rapport together up front. The partnership was ideally the biggest present Sir Alex left for incoming boss Moyes, as Rooney and van Persie proved to be lethal against every opposition.

Arsene Wenger has admitted to the media that he would be tempted to make an attempt to buy the striker if the opportunity presented itself, and with the news of a failed meeting between Moyes and Rooney, the French manager will most certainly press the board for an immediate bid. Even though United and Arsenal have been arch rivals in history, both clubs have been involved in business, with van Persie’s £30 million switch to Old Trafford proving that even the best of players can be sold to rivals at the right price.

However, Wenger will be aware of the fact that Rooney is wanted by multiple clubs around Europe, including some with a big transfer kitty. Paris St. Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona have enough financial muscle to pull off a deal. And given United’s financial worries in the past, the Glazer family could be tempted to cash in on a star wanting a change in his career.

The coming weeks will reveal more, as teams return for their pre-season preparation.

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