Wayne Rooney hogs the headlines this morning, with the Manchester United striker’s future still a source of mystery.
What is certain is the club’s public assertion that they intend to keep him. But that hasn’t stopped claims from the Mail on Sunday that Chelsea are preparing a £40million offer, and that Rooney will “leap at the chance to become Jose Mourinho’s number one striker”.
It is that desire to play in his favoured position that has prompted much of the uncertainty surrounding his future, following Moyes’s comments that Rooney will play second-fiddle to Robin van Persie. And yet United would surely not sell to a domestic rival whatever the price.
Well if the Mirror are to be believed, Rooney may be about to complicate things by making a formal transfer request.
The report claims the 27-year-old will ask for a move in the coming days, and that while he sees his future best served at Stamford Bridge, United are far more likely to sell him abroad.
And yet contrasting reports from the Daily Star Sunday suggest the complete opposite – that Rooney has no intention of leaving the club and that all this speculation is, quite frankly, making him a bit upset.
With no concrete quotes to back up any of the claims, the only thing we know for certain is that Chelsea are interested in the player. Beyond that, his future is anyone’s guess; but it does make for good copy.
As does a link with one of German football’s biggest stars because, seemingly tired of talking about every other midfielder Moyes has been linked with this summer, the Mirror have now thrown Bastian Schweinsteiger’s name into the transfer tombola.
The Bayern Munich midfielder is reportedly surplus to Pep Guardiola’s plans – no we can’t see that either – and is United’s latest back-up option if they fail to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.
An integral part of the Bundesliga side’s considerable success last season, United can forget about signing the German international.
In fact this could be the craziest rumour so far, in a summer full of them.
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