Reports this morning suggest that Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United future hinges on whether or not David Moyes will refute his predecessor’s claims that the England striker requested a transfer at the end of last season.
Rooney continues to deny the claims, made by Sir Alex Ferguson following his final game at Old Trafford. And it appears that Moyes’ first role as United manager may be to decide who to back – his player, or the man who recommended him for the job.
Reports also suggest that should no back-tracking take place, Rooney prefers a move to Chelsea over Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho is said to have been informed of the player’s choice, although he is currently eying the potential capture of either Edinson Cavani or Hulk.
Talks between Moyes and Rooney are set to take place next week. So expect many new and re-hashed stories before an official announcement is made.
Should Rooney leave, he could be replaced by Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. Yes, that story is back – with United said to believe they can still tempt the Polish international away from Germany despite his desire to move to Bayern Munich.
With that transfer seemingly impossible for at least 12 months, Moyes is said to be considering a move for Lewandowski should a swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo be unsuccessful.
Although the reality is that neither player is likely to pull on the red of United next season – no matter how much fans would love them to.
The club also look set to miss out on Marco van Ginkel, with Chelsea reportedly agreeing a fee with his current club Vitesse Arnhem.
Previous stories suggested that United were looking to hijack the Blues’ deal for the midfielder. But they appear far more likely to secure another coveted young player in the form of Thiago Alcantara.
Spanish media are picking up English reports this morning, claiming that a deal for the 22-year-old Barcelona player is all but done.
There have been countless stories in recent days, each escalating the likelihood that United will finally bring in a midfielder of the calibre to take them forward both domestically and in Europe.
For now it remains a rumour. But it appears that fans will know far more by the end of next week.
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