Real Madrid have no intention of signing Wayne Rooney during the summer, quashing reports that suggested the Manchester United man is a more viable option than landing Sergio Aguero or Radamel Falcao.
As reported by Guillem Balague, Bleacher Report UK guest columnist and Spanish football expert at Sky Sports, Los Blancos almost certainly will not make a move for the English forward:
Real Madrid have no interest whatsoever in Wayne Rooney. Zero interest.— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 22, 2014
Previous reports suggested Carlo Ancelotti was to launch a £25 million bid for Rooney's services during the summer, per Mark Ogden of The Telegraph:
Although United remain determined to resist all offers for Rooney, preferring to hold the 28-year-old to the remaining 18 months on his Old Trafford contract, Real believe that the England forward can be prised away from the Premier League champions at the end of the season.
Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail also noted why Rooney could be attractive to Madrid due to his quality as a No. 10:
With City highly unlikely to let Aguero go and Falcao tied in to a long contract in the south of France, Rooney would represent a cheaper option for Madrid who are by all accounts attracted by his form this season and the fact he can play as a front-running striker or as a No.10.
Should Real's reported interest prove correct, a move for the United star would see Rooney rekindle his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo. The duo established a lethal partnership in England, culminating in the dramatic 2008 Champions League final win over Chelsea.
While Balague suggests a transfer is unlikely, Jose Mourinho's team could have an indirect say if the move was to go ahead.
Reports continue to link Juan Mata with a move to United, per ESPN. If the Spaniard exchanges West London for Manchester, David Moyes' Premier League strugglers would have a ready-made replacement for a potentially outgoing Rooney.
A Madrid line-up including the former Everton man is a mouth-watering prospect. Alongside Ronaldo, who captured this year's Ballon d'Or trophy, is attacking talent including Gareth Bale, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema.
Real's relentlessly offensive focus has seen Ancelotti's team serve up 58 goals in 20 La Liga games this season, per WhoScored.com. The Italian started all four of his aforementioned attacking quartet in the recent 1-0 Copa Del Rey win over Espanyol, a match Benzema won with a header inside the box.
Should Real Madrid pursue the transfer of Wayne Rooney?
While this array of quality highlights why Rooney isn't essential to Real's future, his varied ability and willingness to work hard could provide the team with an extra edge. He is the type of player who can score an important goal or make a vital tackle on the halfway line, relieving pressure across the pitch.
United's forward also possesses the technical nuance to mix it with the Bernabeu squad.
He is a powerful dribbler, flaunts a range of passing for the Red Devils and he can spot runs in an instant. Rooney's pass success rate currently stands at 80.3 percent for the season—per WhoScored.com—signalling his ability to distribute the ball.
Rooney has made 22 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League this campaign, scoring 11 goals and providing 12 assists in the process.
It is unthinkable to consider where United would be without him; since his last appearance in the defeat to Tottenham on Jan. 1, Moyes' team have lost a further three matches.
Right now, it appears Chelsea are most likely to land the player's signature, perhaps relating back to the potential Mata deal, per Ian Darke of BT Sport:
Thinking aloud. Would any deal between Chelsea and Man U over Mata also include an "understanding" if Rooney became available in summer ?— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) January 20, 2014
While Rooney has been in excellent form this season, there's no doubt he would be a major success at any club. Blessed with a natural yearning to succeed and a sense of intensity that is infectious for fans, he could inject a dose of guile into a Real Madrid team that is currently hunting for La Decima.