Arsenal are now priced up as 9/1 fourth-favourites to be Wayne Rooney’s next club after manager Arsene Wenger suggested the Gunners may look to beat off competition from Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City should the Manchester United star become available this summer.
Rooney, who scored an excellent goal in England’s 2-2 draw with Brazil at the Maracana last night, told United officials earlier in the year that he wanted to leave the club this summer following a season where the 27-year-old has struggled for form and fitness and was left out of his side’s biggest match of the season, the Champions League quarter-final second-leg against Real Madrid.
Incoming Old Trafford boss David Moyes, who managed Rooney when he broke into the Everton first team aged just 16, must now handle the situation following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement but with the forward’s future unclear, Wenger has stated he would be interested if he was to become available.
The Arsenal boss told Al Jazeera “Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?
“David Moyes’ first challenge is to go in to Manchester and bridge the gap between him and Rooney. If that is feasible or not depends on his personality and if Rooney bears a grudge or not – we will see. It will be interesting to see how that will be handled.”
It was enough for bwin to make Arsenal 9/1 to sign Rooney in the summer transfer window, with the bookies still regarding German treble winners Bayern Munich as his most likely destination. Pep Guardiola’s new team are 5/1 favourites to sign Rooney, with big-spending Paris Saint-Germain next in the betting at 6/1.
Chelsea, who today announced the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager, are 7/1 to persuade Rooney to move to west London, while United’s neighbours City, who tried to sign the Old Trafford forward when he handed in a transfer request in October 2010, are 14/1 to make a controversial singing.
Mourinho’s former club Real Madrid are 16/1, with all other teams in the betting 40/1 or more. Those sides include AC Milan and Newcastle, while Monaco, Juventus and LA Galaxy are all 50/1.
A sensational return to Everton for Rooney is priced up at 66/1, while an even more incredible transfer to Liverpool is quoted at 100/1.