Wayne Rooney set to leave United
Reports in the media over the last 24 hours are suggesting that Wayne Rooney is likely to leave Manchester United this summer. Speculation about the 27-year-old’s future at Old Trafford has been rife for weeks, but recent comments made by new manager David Moyes has apparently left Rooney "angry and confused", and pushed his relationship with his club to the point of no return.
Rooney’s apparent fit of pique was provoked when Moyes said "Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him", when asked about Rooney’s future in a recent interview. The former Everton player was reportedly also irked by the comments of executive vice-president Ed Woodward, who said that United would not be afraid to run Rooney’s contract down, which has two years left.
There will be no shortage of clubs interested in Rooney, although United still publically claim that England’s star striker is not for sale and odds on him staying at United have been lengthened to 13/8 despite being as short as 1/5 after David Moyes’ inaugural press conference.
Moyes and United will be desperate to avoid offloading Rooney to a domestic rival like Chelsea, and have already rejected an initial approach from the London club. Despite this, the bookies have slashed the price on a move to Stamford Bridge, with Sky Bet for example cutting odds from 11/2 to 1/2.
Arsenal have shown an interest in Rooney already this summer and although priced as 12/1 outsider’s for Rooney’s signature are in a position to spend big this summer.
A move to French club Paris Saint Germain would suit United much better though the bookies price this at a lengthy 28/1.