SPORT’s front pages have been very Manchester United orientated in recent weeks with Thiago’s potential move to Old Trafford being the biggest talking point but today, they have claimed that the club have told Barcelona that Wayne Rooney is for sale.
The paper claims that contact has been made between the clubs and that United are willing to negotiate a deal, which would completely contradict David Moyes’ firm stance that Rooney will remain a United player next season and is not for sale.
One thing that would support such a rumour is if United do end up following through on the reported Thiago interest, then Barcelona would be in a great position to barter with the club despite the fact that United will be dealing with a release clause rather than a transfer fee.
The 27-year-old is certainly having doubts about his future at United, that much was obvious from Moyes’ body language in the press conference and his choice to repeat the facts that Rooney is only 52 goals off Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record.
But it would not make any business sense for United to openly offer Rooney to any club given that making him publicly available on the market would bring his fee down.
If Rooney was to leave United, then it would have to be abroad because you know that as soon as Rooney re-finds that spark within himself , he will be firing on all cylinders and scoring 30+ goals a season again. That is my biggest fear of letting him leave the club.
Moyes’ toughest challenge will be to motivate Rooney at the club if he stays but he, more than most, has a deep understanding of how Rooney thinks and operates given that he worked him from the tender age of 16.
Rooney may be just 52 goals off United’s all-time goalscoring record but if he doesn’t go back to wearing his heart on his sleeve, I fear we may have already seen the best of Rooney in a United shirt so maybe this is the best time for the club to sell.