Wayne Rooney returns from holiday this week and his Manchester United future will be addressed. If he reiterates his desire to leave, then United could use him as bait to try and re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
There are plenty of positives and negatives from that deal, reacting to the possible swap which could turn out to be the most talked about transfer deal of the summer.
What Ronaldo guarantees is a prolific strike rate and a very high tally of goals, which would be vital for United heading into next season, looking to protect their Premier League title.
His goals at Real Madrid have only been eclipsed due to the career of Lionel Messi, otherwise he would be hailed as the greatest player to have ever played the game.
Ronaldo also arguably offers United a greater amount of goals from a variety of different positions.
He’s not restricted as a striker in the same way as Rooney, who sees himself as an out and out centre forward, making that pivotal to the club’s chances of hanging onto him this summer.
Using Rooney would also make financing the deal much easier for United because he takes at least £25-30 million cash out of the equation.
One of the worries for United whenever there has been talk about re-signing Ronaldo has been how they could actually pay for the deal.
Using Rooney would make any fee involved for Ronaldo much more manageable for United and affordable in the sense that they wouldn’t be reeling from it in other areas for a high number of years.
The obvious negative is that Rooney is the sort of player who will sweat blood for his team.
He has levels of desire and passion which Ronaldo will never be able to replicate as well as a level of professionalism when it comes to doing a job for the team.
Rooney may not agree with how he’s being used at times, but he’ll do that job with the same passion and desire that he would show were he leading the United attack, as the main man in the frontline.
Rooney may not have the strike rate of Ronaldo but he’s much more effective in defensive aspects of the game.
Rooney will always be back, providing an extra body in defence when his team are under pressure and that’s something Ronaldo will just never do.
A swap deal would also mean United wouldn’t be offloading Rooney to another English side that could hurt them. Rooney has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Arsenal this summer but they should be very reluctant to let him leave for any other Premier League side.
Any chance to get Ronaldo back is worth looking at, and any player in United's squad is worth sacrificing to bring him back, but what United they would lose in Rooney is very significant.
Is Rooney worth sacrificing to get back Ronaldo?
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