According to Steve Bates of the Sunday People (h/t the Daily Mirror), the forward’s agent has received numerous enquiries about taking his client to Asia, with some of football’s biggest names being lured to the division in recent weeks.
Bates noted that the Red Devils recently denied a bid of £27 million had been made for their skipper, and Rooney isn’t interested in leaving, with Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record still to break with the club.
“The 30-year-old is also keen to keep his promise of a huge cash injection to children’s charities from his August testimonial against Everton,” the piece continued. “But the only way he’ll break his Old Trafford deal—which after this season has two more years to run plus a third year as an option—is if United rip up his £300,000-a-week contract and tell him he’s no longer wanted at the club.”
Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones suggested Rooney would reject advances from China earlier this month, providing more details on the situation:
Earlier in the campaign a lot of United fans would have been happy to see the back of Rooney, as he turned in some shocking displays up top. However, since the turn of the year the England man has rediscovered his edge in front of goal, as we can see courtesy of OptaJoe:
8 - No player has had a hand in more goals than Wayne Rooney (8 - five goals, three assists) in the Premier League in 2016 so far. Sidelined— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 17, 2016
At what’s likely a critical time for the club, you suspect United would want to keep their captain around. Manager Louis van Gaal is under immense pressure at the moment, and Jose Mourinho is anticipated to take over at Old Trafford come the end of the campaign, per Bates.
For United, with a new manager potentially coming in, the last thing they’d want is the club’s current longest serving player to depart. Rooney may not be the force he once was, but he’s still a fine leader and an excellent goalscorer who United would be worse off without.
Edinson Cavani Price Set
According to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star, Paris Saint-Germain want a whopping £40 million for their centre-forward Edinson Cavani, a valuation which could put Manchester United off any potential pursuit.
Cavani has been in and out of the PSG team as of late, with Laurent Blanc opting for Angel Di Maria and Lucas Moura as the options flanking Zlatan Ibrahimovic at times.
The Uruguayan’s attitude has also been called into question, as he skipped a training camp in Doha earlier in the year, with rumours surfacing he’d fallen out with the manager, per Hetherington.
United do need options up top, with Rooney and Anthony Martial the only genuine No. 9s in the squad. Here’s what Cavani could bring:
Although Cavani has a reputation as quite a glamorous player, he’s more of a grafter than many realise. That’s not to say he doesn’t contribute in the final third, though, because he does, as we can see courtesy of Squawka Football:
Edinson Cavani has now been directly involved in 14 goals in 23 Ligue 1 appearances this season (12G, 2A). pic.twitter.com/Yyl8jamjMB— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 20, 2016
Should United sign Cavani if he's available for £40 million?
Stylistically, he’d be a good fit for United. Cavani brings a mobile presence to the PSG attack, whether playing on the flanks or as a centre-forward.
He’s constantly putting defenders under pressure with his movement, work rate and willingness to find space in the box, qualities which are so crucial to the amount of goals he scores.
However, it’d be understandable if United were to back away from any deal. For a 29-year-old forward £40 million is a lot of money and although Cavani has the ability to make an instant impact at Old Trafford, for that kind of outlay, you’d be hoping for a lot more longevity.