It has been reported that United will demand £35 million for the 28-year-old, and with no clubs in England willing to pay that transfer fee or match the forward’s £300,000-a-week deal, the French giants have emerged as a destination for the England international.
Now, we ask whether a move for Rooney to PSG would be beneficial for both parties.
From Rooney’s perspective...
1) The England international would get to live in one of the most famous and cultured cities in the world. David Beckham lived and played in Paris last season and he certainly enjoyed it. Rooney is very much likely to relish a new culture and all the beauty that there is to be experienced in Paris. Gregory van der Wiel himself said that one of the reasons for snubbing Newcastle United for PSG in the summer of 2012 was because he could live in the French capital.
2) Rooney would settle in any league and having established himself as a top player in the Premier League, he would be a massive hit in Ligue 1. In a division where the pace of the game is slow and defending can be ‘relaxed’, the former Everton man would be a success right from the first game. Moreover, he would be on a high salary.
3) The big problem would be the playing time and his playing position. PSG signed Edinson Cavani from Napoli last summer after a season in which he was arguably the best striker in the world. This term he might not even get a place in the top five. Coach Laurent Blanc has played him on the wings and out of position, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic unmovable from his centre-forward role. Rooney is more flexible when it comes to playing positions and has played behind Robin van Persie at Manchester United. However, at PSG he will playing to Ibra, and not with him. Would the Englishman like it?
From PSG’s perspective...
1) As much as Beckham and PSG denied it, last season the former England international’s arrival in Paris for the second half of the campaign had more to do with marketing than to do with football. After all, without Beckham PSG wouldn’t have had a problem in winning Ligue 1 – just take a look at the league standings for this season. Moreover, he was unveiled on January transfer deadline day: he was already a free agent and there was no need to put up such a show, unless it was to show off. Signing arguably the world’s most famous and marketable player saw PSG make a real coup. Rooney would be part of a similar marketing gimmick. At 28, he still has a number of years left in him, but the fact that England’s most famous player at the moment has chosen PSG among other clubs will certainly make the footballing world take notice of PSG.
2) But would all that money be worth it? PSG do not need Rooney to win Ligue 1, they can do so even without Cavani. Only Monaco are their realistic challengers for domestic glory and it does not look like it will change next season. Of course, the more number of great players a team has, the greater chances it has to win competitions, but with PSG having fallen foul of the Financial Fair Play rules, perhaps they should refrain from making yet another expensive signing.
3) This season PSG were expected to make inroads into the Champions League, but under Blanc they failed despite having a healthy 3-1 first-leg lead in their quarter-final tie against Chelsea. That game exposed the Frenchman’s lack of European expertise more than anything else, but the absence of players with experience of playing in Europe’s premier club competition week in week out was apparent. Rooney would fill that gap: he has won it and he has played in it regularly.