Wayne Rooney do Spurs a favour by pushing for a Barcelona switch?

Wayne Rooney is one of the most high-profile potential movers and shakers this summer after handing in a transfer request at Manchester United, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Red Devils striker has looked somewhat uncomfortable at Old Trafford this term since the arrival of Robin van Persie from Arsenal last summer and his struggles with form and fitness as he adapted to a deeper position.

Whilst Rooney apparently disputes his former manager’s claim that he handed in a transfer request at the end of the season, he is in the process of negotiating (or not) a new contract as his current deal expires in 2015.

Meanwhile, the 27-year-old has been linked with audacious moves to Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and now, low and behold, Spanish champions Barcelona.

According to reports the Catalans are interested in bring one of England’s finest to La Liga as they look to bolster their front line following an embarrassing defeat to eventual winners Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Barcelona are thought to be keen to offload a handful of their squad players but one man they are reportedly hoping to hang on to is David Villa who is understood to be a key target for Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham.

According to reports last week the Catalans are not willing to budge on their £12 million valuation of the 31-year-old striker whose contract expires in less than 12 months time.

Having recently signed Brazil superstar Neymar and already boasting the likes of Lionel Messi, it’s hard to see where David Villa would be granted access to regular first team football at the Camp Nou next term. His struggles with fitness and form have been well documented but as yet there is no green light for Spurs to sign him.

If Barcelona are intending to lure Wayne Rooney away from Old Trafford, they’ll need a little bit of spare cash to get the job done and Tottenham could well find themselves the beneficiaries of their need to sell David Villa – it’s likely it’ll be one in, one out like-for-like if it happens.

If Rooney signs for Barcelona he could do Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas a massive favour and, furthermore, he would have to snub Arsenal, which might be the cherry on top of the cake for Spurs fans.

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