Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Red Devils Should Sell Wayne Rooney to PSG

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United sits on the bench prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 5, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Is it time for Manchester United to move on from Wayne Rooney?

You'll get varied answers to that question, but you may be hard-pressed to find anyone—including the most hardcore Rooney fans—that would turn down the rumoured transfer package that Paris Saint-Germain might be putting together to lure Rooney away from Old Trafford.

From John Cross of the Mirror:

Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to put together a staggering £100 million deal to land Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United striker Rooney has emerged as the French side's No. 1 target this summer, and their mega-rich Middle Eastern owners are prepared to pay him a staggering £15 million-a-year—after tax.

That would put the England star, 27, on the same wages as PSG's current star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is being tipped for a move back to Italy this summer just one season after moving from AC Milan.

The new Ligue 1 champions would be willing to go to £40 million as a transfer fee, and hand Rooney a four-year contract to try to lure him away from the Old Trafford giants.

I highly doubt Manchester United would ever get £40 million for Rooney again on the transfer market, especially if he sticks around and replicates his performance from this season.

It's obvious he never took to a deeper-lying role with Robin van Persie manning the striker role, and with Shinji Kagawa waiting in the wings and capable of playing as an attacking midfielder behind RVP, Rooney is more expendable than he's been in years.

To be fair, we don't know how new manager David Moyes will employ all of his new toys. Maybe he'll move Rooney further up the pitch and pair him with RVP in a two-striker set. Perhaps Rooney simply needs another season to adjust to a deeper-lying role. 

At his best, Rooney is both a scorer and a facilitator, and he has always liked to drop deeper into the play. If he can adjust to RVP being the focal point of the attack, perhaps a role as an attacking midfielder would be a natural evolution. 

Then again, perhaps Rooney won't want to play under Moyes again as he did in his Everton days, or perhaps Moyes would be fine with moving Rooney. After all, with that sort of cash, he may be able to secure the signatures of two of his ex-players at Everton, left-back Leighton Baines and midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who would be perfect additions for United.

Plus, whether Rooney did in fact hand in a transfer request or the Red Devils are trying to push him out, this is now the second time in three years United has had Rooney drama. Last time, he ended up signing a new contract. 

This time, the Rooney era could come to an end. And with £40 million potentially lining the pockets of the Red Devils if it does, the Rooney era should come to an end.


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