A former advisor for Paris Saint-Germain has announced a deal to sign Wayne Rooney has been agreed, don’t believe a word of it.
You shouldn’t believe a word of it because there are so many things wrong with the comments that it’s difficult for me to know where to begin.
I’ll start with the fact that Michel Moulin was only an advisor at PSG for a very short period of time and he has no real grounds to claim anything behind the scenes at PSG is going on with any real confidence.
It’s also important to point out that the French TV station that he used to reveal the news is owned by…. him. Therefore, you can draw on his comments that he may have been trying to whip up a bit of publicity for his own network.
If that’s the case then it’s certainly worked because everyone seems to be talking about the apparent deal which has already seen Rooney agree to join PSG, behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s back.
Doesn’t seem like a very feasible sequence of events does it?
I’ve also got a big problem with the fee which is being bandied around online media sources, roughly £25 million, which is barely more than it took for United to sign Robin Van Persie from Arsenal last summer.
Rooney is a much more versatile attacking player than the Dutchman who has proven that he can also play in the midfield so if any fee had been agreed, United would most likely have ensured that it was well above the £30 million mark for a player of his quality.
We move onto the reports from the Daily Mail which effectively confirm that Rooney wants to stay at Old Trafford for the rest of his career.
The national paper claims that Rooney is pushing United to start talks over a new contract or an extension to his current deal which expires in the summer of 2015.
Rooney’s now 27-years-old so the next deal he signs is likely to take him well into his 30s and there is no concrete reason to believe that is going to be with any other club than United.
So someone is telling lies; is it the former advisor with a media outlet in France or the national newspaper in the country where Rooney lives and works?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently spoke of PSG’s desire to become the biggest club in France and Europe and he did urge Rooney to consider joining the project which has been started there.
However, that seems like a little bit of a pipe dream at the moment because not every single professional footballer in the game has mercenary tendencies and Rooney is certainly not one of them.
PSG, like Manchester City, are always going to be linked with the biggest players because there are only a few teams in the world that can afford to pay transfer fees which run into tens of millions.
There is nothing here to make United fans feel as though they should disbelieve Sir Alex Ferguson when he said Rooney would be at Old Trafford next season.
What do you make of the claims?
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