Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Analyzing Latest Buzz Around Wayne Rooney

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17:   Wayne Rooney of Manchester United walks off the pitch after being substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The Premier League season is over so it should come as no surprise that the Wayne Rooney transfer saga is starting to heat up. The longtime Manchester United star helped lead the club to another title, but his future remains uncertain.

Although the storyline will likely drag well into the summer before it reaches a resolution, the early buzz surrounds a potential mega move to Paris Saint-Germain.

John Cross of the Daily Mirror reports the French club, which certainly isn't afraid to throw money around, would be willing to put together a package that includes a £40 million transfer fee. He's considered PSG's top summer target while other clubs are also involved.

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

But they will face competition from French rivals Monaco, while Chelsea and Arsenal are also watching developments - although the two Premier League clubs would struggle to match the riches on offer across the Channel.

Between the four clubs already being linked to Rooney and any others that join the sweepstakes, it's set up to become a pretty fierce bidding war if United decides to move him. Considering a number like £40 million is already being thrown around, it would be hard for the club to ignore the talk.

The 27-year-old striker, who was forced into more of a playmaking role for United following the arrival of Robin van Persie, has spent the past nine seasons at Old Trafford. The Red Devils must decide if it's time for the sides to part ways.

On one hand, Van Persie and Rooney finally started to develop some chemistry in the latter stages of the campaign. There's still a chance they could become the top-tier attacking combination United was hoping for when they brought them together last summer.

That said, anything close to £40 million for Rooney would be a great deal for United. Of course, the decision becomes a little trickier if the top bid is coming from another Premier League squad. But right now it sounds like PSG is being the most aggressive.

Another thing to consider is the arrival of David Moyes. The club wants to make the transition as smooth as possible for the new manager as he attempts to replace the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. Anything that could cause a major distraction, such as a disgruntled Rooney, needs to get cleared up.

Rooney can still be a productive member of the Red Devils. He showed that for stretches during the title-winning campaign. There are also players like Javier Hernandez who are ready to take the next step in their career if given a bigger opportunity, though.

All told, the saga is only in its beginning stages and it should only get more interesting from here. The early buzz points toward PSG, but that will probably change multiple times throughout the process.

Expect the Rooney talk to dominate headlines in the coming months.