Wayne Rooney’s eventful 30-minute substitute appearance against Swansea – which included two assists, no celebrating and some very indicative body language – will have cheered Chelsea and Arsenal fans who crave his signature, but with Manchester United boss David Moyes refusing to sell to a Premier League rival, the former Everton star is odds-on at 1/2 not to leave the champions before the end of the transfer window.
Chelsea are 2/1 to secure Rooney’s services and manager Jose Mourinho was defiant after his side’s 2-0 win over Hull, stating the Stamford Bridge club would redouble their efforts to bring in a striker, with another bid planned after two failed attempts to land the player this summer.
Arsene Wenger is also keeping tabs on the situation at Old Trafford, after finally conceding defeat in his battle to sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, but at odds of 10/1 on Rooney stepping out at the Emirates in the red of Arsenal this season, the Gunners’ manager may have to rely on the shooting boots of improving French forward Olivier Giroud to keep his team in the top four this year.
United – who are 12/5 third favourites behind Chelsea and Manchester City to retain their title this year, after the 4-1 opening day win at the Liberty Stadium – are adamant that their player is not for sale at any price, but with Rooney’s unhappiness at the club apparent, Moyes’ determination to keep such a prolific talent as a back-up striker could be tested before the end of the summer.
It was thought that the Red Devils’ would let Rooney leave if a club from the continent came in with a bid, but with big-spenders Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco all strengthening in attack already this summer – and Real Madrid’s attention focused on bringing Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu – such an offer is unlikely at this stage.