Wayne Rooney’s desire to quit Old Trafford was the subject of one of the advertising hoardings at the Maracana stadium as England played Brazil, 2-2 on Sunday night. The advert poked fun at England’s second goal scorer of the night, it read, ‘Desperate to Get Away like Wayne?’
Rooney’s desire to leave Manchester United can only be settled by the incoming manager, David Moyes, as the outgoing Sir Alex Ferguson had told the fans of the club. But the possibility of lining the 27- year- old former Everton striker alongside England’s first goal scorer of the night, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, at the Emirate stadium next season is a prospect anybody in the world would hardly ‘turn down.’
Arsenal FC boss Arsene Wenger was on Al Jazeera, where he admitted his interest in the United forward. After several speculations the North London club are growing increasingly confident they are able to finance a record- breaking move for Rooney.
“Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world. Who would turn him down?” Wenger told Al Jazeera. David Moyes’ first challenge is to go into Manchester and bridge the gap between him and Rooney. Whether that is feasible or not depends on his personality and Rooney’s.
Wenger also believes his former captain Cesc Fabregas is suffering from lack of first-team appearances at Barcelona and will be interested in having the midfielder back to the fold, at the Emirates.
Under the terms of the Spaniard’s move to Camp Nou back in 2011, Arsenal could be offered the chance of re- signing the Spaniard for as little as £20 million but £25 million has been quoted as a potential fee.
“I think at the moment he’s lacking the confidence of being a regular player. Recently he has not been that.
“Cesc is such a passionate player, a player of such quality, that it must hurt him not to play in every single game. That’s what he misses. When you come in and out you never play full confidence.”
The Gunners are not the only outfit interested in Fabregas. United Manager Moyes has disclosed his interest too and both clubs should be ready to fend off interests from Manchester City and Chelsea who are both said to be lining up a bid for the midfielder, should his club decide to release him this summer.
Fabregas will meet Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova this week for talks over his future. Meanwhile, the player is still undecided over the growing interest from a host of Premier League outfits as a result of his ties with the Catalan giants.
As for Rooney, his desire to leave Manchester could only be allayed by a concrete assurance from Moyes that he won’t play second fiddle to Robin van Persie next season.