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So where will Wayne Rooney find himself in just over a month?
With Chelsea apparently willing to spend as much as £30 million on the transfer, it is probable that the Blues will lose out only if Manchester United are unwilling to sell Rooney to another English club.
As a result, it is difficult to see him going to Arsenal this summer. Further, Rooney has thus far shown little interest in a move abroad. While the allure of prestigious clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid might be great, the Englishman would have to push for such a move in order for it to be completed.
Hence, it is unlikely that he is headed to a foreign club this summer. That leaves just a stay at United and a move to Chelsea for Rooney. While both are distinct possibilities, the likelier of the two is Rooney staying at Old Trafford for another season.
The reigning Premier League champions have made their feelings clear about the prospect of selling a top player to a rival club, while Bobby Charlton's words should speak volumes about the situation. Further, with the moves that Chelsea has already made in the window, it is unlikely that Manchester United would want to have anything to do with further strengthening the Blues.
Of course, one should not rule out a Rooney move to Stamford Bridge, as Rooney could decide to burn bridges and force his way out. However, the smart money should be on Wayne Rooney staying at Old Trafford through the summer, just as he did in 2010.