Manchester United manager David Moyes has a lot to take care of in his first offseason as manager. However, the first and most important thing is deciding the future of Wayne Rooney.
Toward the end of the regular season, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that the superstar had put in a transfer request. He was taken off the pitch a few times toward the end of the year, and it appeared as though he was not appreciative of his role with the club.
As a result, there has been plenty of speculation over various transfers around Europe. He was even courted by Neymar this week to join the player in Barcelona, according to Sky Sports.
While the next move is still undecided at the moment, it will hopefully be accomplished this week. According to Joe Bernstein and Rob Draper of the Daily Mail:
Wayne Rooney's future will be decided this week as he finally sits down with new Manchester United manager David Moyes to discuss whether his nine-year stay at the club is over.
Rooney's situation will dominate Moyes's first week of work - he officially starts at Old Trafford on Monday - with Arsenal ready to make a £20million bid for the striker and Chelsea also interested.
No matter what happens, this is something that has to be concluded as soon as possible.
Rooney has been the face of Manchester United since coming aboard from Everton in 2004. He continued to improve as a scorer until having his best year in that regard in the 2011-12 season when he finished second in the EPL with 27 goals.
When Robin van Persie was brought to Old Trafford last summer, Rooney became a better distributor and finished with 10 assists to go with his 12 goals. WhoScored.com noted this impressive statistic for the veteran player:
Wayne Rooney: Was one of only four players to reach double figures for goals and assists in the Premier League last season— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 30, 2013
It is clear that he was one of the major reasons for the club's success as it won the English Premier League last season, regardless of Ferguson's thought process.
Where will Wayne Rooney play next season?
As long as Rooney is interested in returning, the club should do whatever it takes to keep him around. He will certainly help the club as it looks to defend its league title as well as contend for a trophy in the Champions League.
This certainly seems like a strong possibility considering he denied putting in a transfer request and is planning on "approaching the talks positively," according to Bernstein and Draper.
On the other hand, the two sides might decide at their meeting that the best course of action is to go their separate ways. If this is the case, then Moyes has to do what is necessary to complete a transfer as soon as possible.
There are certainly squads both in the EPL and outside of it that are lining up to acquire Rooney, so completing a deal for a fair price should not be too tough to accomplish.
Getting this done quickly will allow the squad to get an accurate budget for the summer as well as know exactly what positions need to be filled for the upcoming year.
Manchester United have been linked to a number of talented players this offseason. However, the most important business to take care of is finalizing the Rooney situation in one way or another.
Until then, everything else should be put on hold.
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