Wayne Rooney will hold crunch talks with Manchester United boss David Moyes next week in a bid to resolve his future as Chelsea and Arsenal continue to monitor the unsettled forward’s situation.
Moyes is set to return from holiday on Monday and speaking to the England hitman – who he brought through the ranks during their time together at Everton – will be top of his agenda.
Rooney is considering his options after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of a difficult campaign at Old Trafford which saw him fail to hold down a regular starting berth in his favoured central striking position.
The 27-year-old is open to the idea of staying with United and will listen to what Moyes has to say before the Reds return for pre-season training on July 3rd.
However, if he does decide to seek pastures new, it is believed that he would rather stay in England for family reasons, which has alerted both Chelsea and Arsenal, with the former said to be his first choice.
This is reflected in the odds as the Blues are currently as short as 5/2 to seal a sensational swoop for the striker before September 3rd, with boss Jose Mourinho admitting recently that he is an admirer of Rooney’s talents.
Arsenal, who are confident of signing Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, have a reported £70 million to spend on reinforcements this summer and are the 2/1 favourites to snap up Rooney in this transfer window at the time of writing.
Meanwhile, several reports have emerged today that incoming Real boss Carlo Ancelotti would also be keen to make the United forward his first signing upon arriving at the Bernabeu from Paris Saint-Germain.
That news has prompted bwin to slash the odds on Rooney being re-united with former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish capital from 16/1 to 4/1.
PSG themselves are known to be keen to pair Rooney with Zlatan Ibrahimovic next season and they are rated as 7/2 chances to realise that dream.
Beyond that, Bayern Munich are 10/1 to lure him to the Allianz Arena, with Manchester City – who tried to sign Rooney in 2010 – and Monaco next in the betting at 33/1.
Punters who believe United will hang on to their number ten until January at least can back that eventuality at 4/5.