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Wayne Rooney 10/1 to make shock Man City move this summer

Amidst all the consternation, discussion and nostalgia surrounding the announcement of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as Manchester United manager, it’s become apparent that Wayne Rooney submitted a second transfer request, due in part to the striker’s having fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Robin Van Persie. Coral go 8/11 that he leaves Old Trafford before September the first, making filthy rich PSG 2/1 favourites for his signature, but a move to Man City makes more sense for the United man.

Upon submission of the request Rooney was again told he was not for sale, but the arrival of his former Everton gaffer David Moyes at United will make it all the harder for him to stay put, with the Scot having successfully sued the England striker for libel in the past.

Former PSG director Michel Moulin told news outlet Le Sport: “I announce to you from trusted sources: Rooney to PSG is done. He will be there next season” back in April and the club’s stars Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Tiago Silva have been making encouraging noises about the Liverpudlian’s arrival.

However, it has been reported in recent days that both Bayern Munich and Chelsea have expressed interest in signing the 35-goal international for fees ranging from £25m to £30m. The German club are 7/2 to acquire his registration and the Mirror have suggested that Rooney had “told team-mates he wants to sign for Bayern Munich this summer”.

However just as with fellow front-runners PSG and Chelsea, they have an embarrassment of attacking riches in their ranks already, with more already confirmed or strongly rumoured to be arriving. PSG are supposedly close to a deal with Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, whilst Bayern seem likely to add Robert Lewandowski to the already-signed Mario Gotze – Chelsea already have Fernando Torres and Demba Ba in the out-and-out striker’s position and a wealth of quality attacking midfielders in their squad to boot.

Given the generally insular nature of the current generation English footballers, very few of whom have been so much as closely linked to moves abroad, Rooney is not particularly likely to leave the Premier League. With a move to any club apart from City or Chelsea a definite step down for the former Everton man, the Etihad could well be Rooney’s next destination.

Closely linked with the United man during his first period of unrest at the club and with strikers Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Serio Aguero all unsettled at various points in the current campaign there would be a clear place for him at Eastlands should one of that trio leave. Coral offer 10/1 about Rooney swapping the red half of Manchester for the blue.