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What Rooney did next

30th July 2013

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A lot of the off-season football transfer market has been clouded with confusion and no one seems very sure exactly what’s going on with several high profile players, including possibly the most high profile in the running for a transfer, Wayne Rooney.

It’s well known that Rooney appears to be considering a move to Chelsea, and according to reports has Arsenal as a possible back up option, as it looks increasingly likely that Wenger will be adding a claim in to the England international.

It was at the end of last season, following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, that it became clear Rooney was looking to make the move away from the club that made him famous. Sir Alex himself claimed that Rooney had asked for a transfer and, at the moment, it looks like Chelsea is the only club to so far make an official offer.

The offer from Chelsea is thought to have come in at around £25 million and was immediately rejected by Manchester United. Chelsea are now expected to place a bigger and more realistic bid, only now they have the potential competition of the Gunners. It’s possible that a £40 million bid would be enough to convince Manchester United to let go of Rooney.

It seems that Rooney himself has cited Chelsea as the place he would like to go, but this could threaten Manchester United’s wish to hang on to their Premier League title, as it’s thought that Chelsea under Mourinho will have a really good chance to challenge them. And if they have the added advantage of Rooney it may not be the best move for Manchester United. Interestingly, a lot of the bookies feel the same as the odds indicate Rooney will make the move and it will be extremely interesting to see how this transfer drama plays out and the effect it has on the favourites for the Champions league.

It’s fair to speculate that Manchester United won’t be that sorry to see Rooney go as his star has been on the wane in terms of popularity in the Manchester area for a few years now, known as he is for an extravagant lifestyle and ostentatious wealth.

But if he did go to Chelsea he would perhaps get his mojo back, as he would no longer be in competition for best player with Robin van Persie. It was reported in the Daily Mail that Chelsea are prepared to match Rooney’s enormous £240,000 a week salary and give him a five year contract should he move.

And for Chelsea it would most certainly be a coup likely to bring in more benefits than Rooney’s talent alone, with such a high level transfer likely to boost the young players in the squad and increase the team spirit of a squad looking to set their aims high in 2013/2014.

It certainly looks like next season will start with a bang, having had a much needed shake up of the top teams in regard to managers and squads - what they do with it remains to be seen.

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