21 June, 2013 - 09:34

Arsenal to bid for Manchester United Wayne Rooney

Arsenal to bid for Manchester United Wayne Rooney

Arsenal are looking to hit the headlines once again, as they are seriously considering the possibility of signing unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, just a day after the news the deal about landing Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid is all about completed.

According to the recent reports, Higuain agreed a four-year deal, worth £150,000 per week and could join the Gunners in a record-breaking £22 million transfer this week.

And yet the sky is the limit for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is backed in his ambitions by club’s second biggest shareholder billionaire Alisher Usmanov. Despite Higuain’s transfer biting off a sizable piece of Wenger’s £70 million transfer budget, he is determined to try and bring Wayne Rooney to the Emirates stadium in what could be the topline move of the summer transfer window.

The Frenchman wants to add another striker with a lethal finishing ability in a bid to reshape his attacking line. However Rooney’s £250,000-per-week wages could be a major stumbling block towards a switch. Usmanov could provide additional funds, should the negotiations go as expected. He said: ‘He is a great player and [joining Arsenal] would be great for Rooney, and Arsenal too.’

Rooney himself admitted he wanted to leave the club before the end of the season, despite appointment of his former Everton manager David Moyes. It is expected that Rooney’s future will be decided when two meet after the summer break. Moyes could yet convince the 27-year-old England forward to stay at Old Trafford and sign extension to his current deal, which is due to expire in two years. It is also possible that Rooney decides he needs a new challenge and will join Arsenal.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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