Where Will Wayne Rooney Go?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today revealed that Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United. The shock announcement will set the transfer rumour mill in to overdrive but where is the most likely destination for the England striker?

Manchester City

The very thought of Rooney in a sky blue shirt is probably enough to make most United fans turn red with rage. But if there is any club in the world that could afford Rooney it is City, and what a coup he would be. Whether Sir Alex Ferguson would allow his prize asset to move across Manchester is another question, but if City really wanted him, could they persuade United to sell?  If Wayne Rooney is purely after a pay day this could be the move for him.

Chelsea

Another destination which is perhaps a little far-fetched. While there is no doubt that Roman Abramovich could afford him, it is highly unlikely that Ferguson would happily sell his star player to United’s biggest rivals for the Premier League. But if Chelsea do want Rooney then again it may be  a question of name your price.

Real Madrid

In my opinion the most likely destination for Rooney. Jose Mourinho has often revealed his admiration for the former Everton man, and again they would have no problem funding a move. Ferguson has often sold to Real in the past, so if they are interested, I’d expect Rooney to join the Spanish giants, but there will be doubts whether Rooney’s intense game would fit in with the slow tempo of the Spanish League.

Barcelona

Madrid’s main rivals could also provide a new home for the Rooney family. Pep Guardiola is another known admirer of the striker, but with Barcelona already boasting an impressive array of forwards, and the club in huge debt, could they really justify a massive outlay on Rooney?

Those four clubs aside personally I don’t see many other potential destinations for Rooney. Italy is an obvious option, but with Serie A seemingly a step down from the Premier League I can’t see Rooney wanting to move there.

What do you think? Where will Wayne Rooney go?

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