Will Barcelona Swoop for Wayne Rooney?
The rumour mills, as always, have been in full swing in the last couple of weeks with the latest one being that Barcelona are set to launch a swoop next summer to make Wayne Rooney the most expensive player in the world with an £85 million bid which would beat the current record held by Cristiano Ronaldo, but is there any truth in the rumour and would he move to Barcelona?
There is no doubt that Wayne Rooney is a top class player and, since Ronaldo left, is the main man in the Manchester United team, and any player of his quality we would love to see puling on a Barcelona shirt. Would this however effectively end the career of the likes of Thierry Henry at the Nou Camp? He has been linked with a move away for a while now but is still a key player for the team. The prospect of Ibrahimovic and Rooney lining up together in the same team is just mouth watering, however Rooney may not be convinced to leave United.
Barca are apparently confident that a bid would be accepted for the England international due to the amount of debt that the Old Trafford club has, but Rooney himself has been quoted as saying that he would like to try and beat Ryan Giggs’ appearance record at United so it sounds like the player has his heart set on staying at Manchester United plus with his first child just being born it is unlikely he will want to move his family. However if a bid does appear from Barcelona he could be tempted by the money on offer or feel some pressure from the cub to leave due to the huge financial sums involved.
Whether there is truth in the rumour that Barcelona are interested in Rooney is true or not, it looks to be an uphill struggle to pull the player away from the Premiership but the prospect of Ibrahimovic and Rooney playing together is a very exciting one.
Written by Danny Watson, a sports editor who blogs about football shirts