Wayne Rooney Leaving Manchester United Would Continue a Trend in World Football
If you've been keeping up with the news, you read that Paris Saint-Germain expressed interest in signing Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.
PSG is preparing a £40 million bid for the 27-year-old Englishman who is rumored to command a wage of £250,000 a week. A wage only a handful of clubs in the world could actually afford.
In football, you just never really know, and in addition to that universally known fact is the news that PSG was linked to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in January. In other words, if a high-profile star is even rumored to be unhappy, PSG will likely be associated with them at some point.
Odds of deciphering which rumors are valid and which ones are not? Similar to the odds you have of winning the lottery.
Still, thinking about one of England's biggest homegrown superstar leaving England is unfathomable. Rooney in France, can you imagine?
It was shocking when high-profile manager Pep Guardiola decided on going to Germany over England or Spain.
Especially since Chelsea fans have been clamoring for a new manager since Rafa Benitez was announced; Benitez finally confirmed their deepest hopes when he announced his plans to leave in the Summer.
In addition to the pending Chelsea managing vacancy, it's only a matter of time before Sir Alex Ferguson decides to finally walk away from Manchester United after almost three decades.
Point being, there were plenty of big-time jobs for Guardiola to consider in England.
Even with Guardiola off the table, though, there are still a couple of high-profile managers that could be available in the Summer.
Juventus boss Antonio Conte seems interested in the idea of managing abroad. Rumors surround Jose Mourinho suggesting he's on his way out at Real Madrid. Both will likely be linked to Chelsea as the Summer approaches.
All the managing speculation aside, did you ever imagine a time when France's Ligue 1 or the German Bundesliga would have the power to lure the world's best managers and players from places like England or Spain?
It represents an exciting possibility in the landscape of World Football. A shift in power perhaps.
Rooney leaving for France would certainly push things in that direction. It likely won't happen, but the possibility is still pretty intriguing. Especially with rumors surrounding Gareth Bale's future at Tottenham as well.
The implications of such a shift in power out of England would be huge. The EPL is still the EPL and always will be, but another high-profile exit would continue to support what a few are identifying as a trend in football. A trend that illustrates a shift in emphasis from England and Spain to other leagues across Europe.
What do you think? Is there a trend developing here, or is it a lot of fuss over nothing? Is there a real possibility of Rooney, Bale or Ronaldo leaving their respective clubs in the Summer?
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