Wayne Rooney Transfer Rumors: Latest News on the Manchester United Star
Over the past eight years Wayne Rooney has become the talisman of Manchester United. His exploits on the pitch have been critical in the majority of their recent successes in the Barclays Premier League, and his continued efforts with the England national team are not going unnoticed by foreign managers and players alike.
So after such a lengthy spell at the Red Devils garnering unparalleled success, it came as a shock to many that the striker was unhappy at the club and potentially looking for a move away this summer.
This Rooney saga has been dominating the headlines for the best part of two months now, and it appears as though things aren't going to get all that much clearer for a while.
However, if you want to keep abreast of the latest Wayne Rooney news and transfer details, then this is your first port of call.
Bookmark this page and add it to your favorites so that you can check up with exactly what is going on with the man who was top goalscorer for United during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign.
I will be updating this article every time a story breaks regarding Wayne and his future, whether it's just a statement from the man himself, or genuine contract negotiations, you will find it here first.
Latest News on Potential Move to Arsenal
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UPDATE: Thursday, June 20th, 7:04 a.m. ET by Simon Edmonds
Sensationally Arsenal have now been backed into bookies favorites (Daily Mail) to snap up Rooney, with the news that their bid for Stevan Jovetic has failed, thus leaving them with a huge transfer kitty to splash.
As such, Arsenal now have a whopping £70 million free to try and entice the Liverpudlian to the club.
The move would be painfully ironic for all United fans, who saw Arsenal's best player, Robin van Persie, make the switch from the Gunners to the Red Devils last season.
Odds on Arsene Wenger's men have slashed from 50-1 rank outsiders, to as little as 6-4 with the news.
I wrote an article a little while ago (which can be found here), stating that Arsenal needed to make some big money signings this summer to show the world that they are still an elite club.
This would be the perfect opportunity for them to do so.
Latest News on Potential Move to Chelsea
Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea has added a completely new dimension to the BPL framework. Whereas a year ago we were discussing the possibility of United moving for Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, the tables have now completely turned, with rumors linking Rooney to the Blues.
RECAP: Tuesday, June 11th, 6:40 a.m ET by Simon Edmonds
The Independent reports that Jose has openly told Rooney to "move where he is happiest":
'I think he [Rooney] is at a fantastic age for a player: maturity, big experience, still young. It's up to him and what he wants, what makes him happy. He's a little bit like me: he doesn't need one more pound in his contract. One more cup won't make a different.
Be happy. Where is he happy? Where will he find more happiness to have ambition and drive him? I like him as a boy. I wish him well and hope he is happy.'
Despite not actually showing his intent to sign Rooney here, this is a classic Mourinho tactic; buttering up his transfer target and subconsciously convincing him and the press that this is the best move for the player if he wants to join "The Happy One" at Chelsea.
Chelsea certainly have the money to swoop in and take Rooney off United's hands, and it appears as though Mourinho would be more than willing to do so if the England striker can agree terms with the club.
The Blues are desperately lacking a world class striker right now, with Fernando Torres and Dembe Ba both far too inconsistent to let Chelsea challenge for the Premier League crown.
Rooney would be the perfect fit, joining up with a midfield which any stalwart United fan would have to admit far surpasses their own for attacking prowess.
The 27-year-old would get to play in a more central forward role, something that he has cited as a reason for his unhappiness at United, while having the world-class talents of Juan Mata, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard to supply him with chances.
Chelsea will also clearly have enough money to lure the man who currently earns $17.8 million a year in salary alone and, according to Forbes.com, and is currently the 37th-highest-paid sportsman in the world right now.
Those wages will if anything increase with the cash fund that Chelsea have at their disposal.
Latest News on Potential Move to PSG
PSG are another team who have suddenly found themselves with a shed load of cash, following their recent takeover. Already putting this money to good use by acquiring the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and David Beckham, Rooney would be another feather in their cap.
RECAP: Saturday, June 15th, 6:50 a.m ET by Simon Edmonds
The Mirror reports that Rooney has topped a poll of players that fans would want to see join the club this summer at PSG.
The poll, which ran for a week, included the likes of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavanni and Sergio Aguero among others.
Despite only being a fan based tally, one has to imagine that the somewhat green horned new owners at the club are going to be heavily swayed by what the fans do, say and ask for. If they want Rooney, then chances are high that the owners will at least encourage a move for the striker.
Again, money is no issue, with the French Champions currently up to their eyeballs in the stuff.
The potential transfer would also take a lot of the pressure away from the shoulders of PSG front man, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who, despite being a match-winning player on several occasions, is expected somewhat to carry the burden of securing victory on a near weekly basis.
Having two top talents at the front of their attack allows for Rooney to absorb some of this pressure and makes for a tantalizing partnership.
Latest News on Staying at United
UPDATE: Monday, June 17th, 7:19 a.m ET by Simon Edmonds
This page will be updated when any real significant news regarding Rooney potentially staying at the club is reported.
So far any news that Rooney is confirmed to stay is simply hearsay and conjecture.
That in itself is a worrying state of affairs for any fans of United.
However it makes sense in a way that any news regarding the striker staying at United is less picked up on than reports of him making a big money move, so perhaps there is some saving grace for Red Devils supporters.
The Metro does suggest that by using Rooney in their new advertisement for the 2013-14 Nike kit, the club is sending out a message suggesting that he will not be sold.
However, to take this as definitive proof of a transfer not happening would be silly. Of course United want to make it look like there is no potential for a move away from Old Trafford, but that doesn't hide the reality that currently it seems the more than likely outcome.
But this is football, who knows what will happen? Watch this space for more updates as they take place!