Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Latest Buzz on Red Devils' Potential Moves

Justin Onslow@@JustinOnslowNFLContributor IIJuly 26, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 01:  Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Malaga CF at Camp Nou on June 1, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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David Moyes’ short tenure at Old Trafford has already been defined by a good deal of resistance. The Premier League’s top team is in position to make another run at the trophy next term, but Manchester United will have some issues to sort out before that time.

Wayne Rooney has had one foot out the door for several months, beginning with the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at the helm and an unpopular decision to limit Rooney’s role behind Robin van Persie.

Since that time, the 27-year-old has wavered between staying and leaving, a final decision yet to be made.

But the Red Devils can’t put their summer plans on hold while the Rooney drama plays out. They’re also surveying the transfer market for additional talent to aid in another EPL title run.

Let’s take a look at the latest rumours involving Rooney and top target Cesc Fabregas as United sort through their offseason affairs.


Wayne Rooney

Rooney hasn’t officially declared his interest in leaving Old Trafford, but all signs point to considerable unrest and a potential departure.

Chelsea have already made a £23 million bid, according to Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail, and it seems Rooney’s first choice is a move to Stamford Bridge—though another club may also be in the running:

Wayne Rooney will consider moving to Arsenal if his dream to work with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea falls through.

Manchester United are refusing to sell Rooney to a potential title rival, but the striker still wants to quit Old Trafford.

Although Chelsea are first choice, the England forward would move to Arsenal if David Moyes and the United board resist Mourinho’s next offer.

Arsenal are in the midst of a pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but as noted by John Cross of the Daily Mirror, the two clubs appear to be about £10 million apart at the moment.

If the Gunners can’t manage to acquire Suarez, Rooney would have to be at the forefront of their contingency plan. And with a price tag likely substantially lower than Suarez’s, it wouldn’t be a bad option.

United don’t want to sell Rooney, but it’s hard to envision a scenario that doesn’t end with the striker making an exit from Old Trafford. Unless something drastic changes, all signs point to United cutting their losses and using the money elsewhere.


Cesc Fabregas

No news is sometimes good news.

United have made two offers for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas to this point, the last of which was reportedly in the region of £30 million, per Paul Collins of the Daily Mail.

According to Collins, Moyes is still very much in pursuit of the 26-year-old, and the manager himself referred to the situations as “ongoing.”

Barca aren’t intent on selling the midfielder, but United could certainly have the ammunition to make the switch happen, especially if they decide that selling Rooney is worth the return. Should Rooney find his way out, the Red Devils could use that money for an increased bid for another young star like Fabregas.

While Moyes is confident he can strike a deal for Fabregas, the Barca star’s teammates don’t all feel the same way.

As quoted by The Sun, Barcelona’s Alex Song is “100 percent” confident Fabregas won’t leave Camp Nou:

I know Cesc is 100 per cent here. He loves Barcelona, he loves the club.He will stay here next season and give 100 per cent because I know him very well and he’ll want to fight. He’s focused on the club. He wants just to give his best for Barcelona. He’s from Barcelona, he loves Barcelona and he’ll want to start the season to show what he can do.

Song’s opinion on the matter won’t change the outcome, but it does bring new light to the story. United obviously want the young star in a big way, but it’s going to take more than a little interest to make a deal happen.