Chelsea and Bayern Munich have both seen their odds of signing Wayne Rooney slashed after the Manchester United striker was left out of the Reds Devils’ 2-1 victory over Swansea City on Sunday.
The 27-year-old is reportedly keen to seek a fresh challenge and is rumoured to have handed in a transfer request last month, less than three years after agitating for a move to Manchester City before eventually signing a new big-money contract.
His relationship with boss Sir Alex Ferguson has become increasingly strained, with the Scot growing tired of Rooney’s fitness issues and leaving him out of United’s biggest game of the season – the Champions League last-16 second-leg clash with Real Madrid.
Although Ferguson is set to retire after United’s trip to West Brom this weekend, his decision not to include Rooney in his final game at Old Trafford has added further fuel to the speculation that the England international will depart the club this summer.
And having been odds-on at 4/5 to still be a United player at the start of next season prior to the win over the Swans, that price has now drifted to 6/4 as potential suitors consider a swoop for the former Everton striker.
Bayern Munich are now 6/4 favourites to secure his services before September 1st, 2013 after a big move in from 4/1, while the odds of Chelsea bringing Rooney to Stamford Bridge have been cut from 3/1 to 2/1.
Big-spending Paris St-Germain had been as short as 2/1 to pair Rooney with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the upcoming transfer window, but the Ligue 1 champions have drifted to 4/1 in the past few days.
City, who are reportedly set to replace Roberto Mancini with Manuel Pellegrini after their FA Cup final defeat by Wigan Athletic compounded a miserable campaign, are now 14/1 (out from 9/1) to poach the hitman from their rivals.
Incoming United boss David Moyes is sure to make sorting out the future of Rooney – who he brought through the youth ranks during their time together at Goodison Park – his number one priority once his feet are under the table at Old Trafford.
But the movements in the betting suggest that Rooney’s sights are firmly set on securing his exit – only his next destination now remains to be seen.