Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney reportedly believes he has grounds for “constructive dismissal” after the latest claims from the club about the England striker.
The latest was David Moyes’ insistence that he would need the 27-year-old...if first-choice frontman Robin van Persie sustained an injury.
This is nothing new – Rooney was regularly used out of position or dropped in favour of the prolific Dutchman last season. And yet Moyes’ public claim that this will continue into the new campaign is said to be the final straw.
Following statements from Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson and Ed Woodward that could be read as slights on the United striker – or simple statements of facts depending on your belief – Rooney is said to be closer than ever to the exit.
Although with Moyes insisting the player is going nowhere, how keen he will be to go back on such an emphatic statement remains to be seen.
Any Rooney sale may give United the extra funds to secure target Cesc Fabregas.
After Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova spoke yesterday of the midfielder’s desire to stay at the Nou Camp, the latest reports claim the Spanish club are willing to sell him for the right price.
That price is believed to be in the region of £31million – which would be a club record transfer fee for the Red Devils.
Murmurings continue that despite public declarations to the contrary, Fabregas would be open to a return to England, and that regardless of Vilanova’s statement his club are willing to sell yet another midfielder this summer.
United fans will hope so, because there is no doubt they need one.
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