Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and More Buzz

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on January 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Robin van Persie headlines the Manchester United attack and ranks second in the Premier League with 19 goals. While Wayne Rooney remains the club's other top offensive weapon, the player who will handle that role next season is up in the air.

Sir Alex Ferguson continues to downplay the possibility of Rooney leaving the Red Devils, as reported by ESPN. But rumors persist about the longtime United star's future after he was left out of the club's starting lineup in the Champions League defeat against Real Madrid.

Let's examine some of the latest buzz surrounding Rooney's future at Old Trafford, along with some other rumored links to the Red Devils. With the summer transfer window on the horizon, it's setting up to become an interesting offseason for the club.


Wayne Rooney

Leaving Rooney out of the lineup against the defending La Liga champions was the wrong decision. It left United without enough attacking ability to counter the talented Blancos, allowing them to dominate possession and earn the road victory.

Whether the decision holds any significance in terms of Rooney's future is free for debate. David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror reports big-spending Paris Saint-Germain are targeting the English star to potentially replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

When PSG is involved, money is never an issue. They definitely have the resources to land a player of Rooney's caliber and could put a lot of pressure on Ferguson with a monster offer. But the veteran boss would still hold all the cards.


Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo had a memorable return to Old Trafford. Not only did he score the winning goal, allowing Real Madrid to secure a spot in the Champions League quarterfinals, but he also received a positive reaction from the Red Devils faithful.

It helped spark further speculation about a reunion with United, but it still sounds like an extreme long shot, at least for now. Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail reports the Red Devils and PSG are both interested, but Ronaldo is being advised to stay in Madrid.

A return to Manchester United at this point in his career always seemed pretty implausible, so the latest report isn't a major surprise. While things can often change quickly when it comes to the transfer market, staying put appears most likely for Ronaldo.


Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski is no stranger to United fans, of course. The Polish striker, who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund, has been linked to the Red Devils frequently throughout his career. He definitely features the talent to succeed in the EPL.

Although the arrival of Van Persie brought an end to the talk for awhile, it's starting to heat back up with the ongoing Rooney saga, according to Martin Blackburn of The Sun. He states Lewandowski is monitoring the situation while Ferguson has never dropped him off the radar.

Obviously, United already has a logjam up front, which means another move or two would have to take place before Lewandowski becomes a realistic option for the summer. He's definitely a name to keep in mind as the dominoes start to fall, though.