Wayne Rooney: Could He Be The Next Big Stepping Stone For Manchester City?

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIOctober 19, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on October 16, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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In what is the biggest football story to break since Andres Iniesta broke the hearts of the Dutch back in July, Alex Ferguson today confirmed that England superstar Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, and will not be signing a new contract.

Rooney has been at United since a £25 million move back in 2004, when they signed the prestigious talent from hometown club Everton.

Last season, he was superb for United, scoring 34 goals.

But in South Africa with England, he was poor, amidst reports that he had not fully recovered from an ankle injury sustained in the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

The events that have unfolded have had the rumour mills working at full capacity, as everybody tries to guess where Rooney might end up next.

The answer that a lot of people came up with was Manchester City, United's crosstown neighbours and bitter rivals.

Surely the darling of the red half of Manchester would not commit the ultimate crime and join the super-rich blues. But there is every chance he could, and he could be just what Manchester City need to establish themselves as a dominant power in European football.

Rooney is a mercurial talent who, when on form, is as good as any player on the planet.

His effect on the pitch with City could be huge. His goal-scoring traits are just what Roberto Mancini is looking for as he tries to find a perfect partner for Carlos Tevez.

Lets us not forget this dynamic duo have also played together in the past, when Tevez was deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. 

So there will be no period of forging a partnership if Rooney was to join.

Wayne Rooney is also a world-renowned superstar who has the name to make people sit up and take notice of Manchester City.

This is where he could be a great signing for Manchester City... off the field.

They all ready have enough quality in the side to mount a serious challenge, but off the field, they are still just some club with money.

A signing like Rooney changes this, it shows that the very best in the world are willing to come and make this club the real deal.

This may sound disrespectful to the likes of Tevez, Gareth Barry and Yaya Toure, all of whom are world-class international footballers. But they lack that the true aura of a big-name superstar.

The potential signing of English footballs brightest talent would put down a marker synonymous with the big names of the world game..

This signing alone makes Manchester City a big name player in the hunt for trophies.

Would he be popular with the fans?

The jury is out on this, he has been the face of the most hated club in the Premiership over the last five years, and not just on the blue of half of the city.

But look at how the fans took to Tevez after he turned his back on United.

If Rooney signed and showed the form of Tevez the City fans would idolise him as much they do the Argentine now.

So could this deal really happen?

Many people seem to think so.

It would be the biggest transfer deal in the history both fiscally and in terms of what it meant for structure of the Premier League.

City would become the top team, they would become hated by others and lose the underdog status the have so often adhered to.

All in all, Wayne Rooney could make Manchester City more than Manchester City could make Wayne Rooney.