Paris St-Germain, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Arsenal and Everton are among the favourites to sign Wayne Rooney as rumours about the Manchester United striker’s future intensify following his high-profile omission from the Red Devils’ team on Tuesday.
Named only on the substitutes’ bench for the crunch Champions League match against Real at Old Trafford – a game that United lost 2-1 to crash out 3-2 on aggregate – Rooney appears to have fallen out of favour with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who preferred to start with Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck against Jose Mourinho’s side.
Rooney’s significant axing has been widely seen as a sign that Ferguson is looking to move the striker on, with reports that the United boss is unhappy with the former Everton forward’s attitude to training and inconsistent form.
This may have seemed inconceivable in October 2010 when Ferguson did everything in his power to keep Rooney at the club after he had handed in a transfer request, but the United boss has previous when it comes to selling his star names as soon as he believes they have peaked, as Paul Ince, Jaap Stam, David Beckham and Ruud van Nistlerooy can testify.
But where would Rooney go? Big-spending Paris St-German, funded by their Qatari owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are the 3/1 favourites with bwin to be the England striker’s next club, with United’s neighbours Manchester City, who tried unsuccessfully to prise Rooney from Old Trafford three years ago, next at 6/1.
Champions League favourites Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are both 9/1 to sign Rooney, with Chelsea a 12/1 chance. Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan are 14/1 and 16/1 respectively, while Arsenal, apparently with money to spend in the summer, are 16/1.
Barcelona are 16/1 to claim Rooney’s signature and a return to his former club Everton is chalked up as a 25/1 shot.
Further down the market, which can be seen in full by clicking here, Inter Milan are 33/1 to sign Rooney, the same price as Tottenham Hotspur, while if you believe the unthinkable could happen, there’s a price of 50/1 on Rooney pitching up at Anfield and signing for Liverpool.
You can also get 4/1 on Rooney signing for any other club not listed above.