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Wayne Rooney Transfer Saga

It now seems quite likely that Wayne Rooney will be leaving Manchester United some time soon after those close to the England striker let it be known that he was “angry and confused” by David Moyes’ recent remarks regarding his future role in the team.

Quite likely, but not certain. There’s still time for boss and player to sort things out and though the market indicates that there is a bigger chance now of Rooney leaving Old Trafford this summer than there was a week or so ago, we are by no means in the land of the ‘done deal’ yet.

Coral go 1/3 that if and when Rooney does leave, it will be to wear the blue of Chelsea, who have already tabled a bid. Arsenal are next in the betting at 8/1, but although they keep on saying how much they fancy Rooney, they haven’t actually asked for a date yet. Then it’s PSG at 10/1 and if United are serious about not letting their man go to a Premiership rival, then the ambitious French club might well be the answer for all concerned.

We have been here before with Rooney, of course, but there seems less chance of him being persuaded to stay this time. He has even less fans on his side now, but more importantly, the Glazers won’t be so keen to go out of their way to keep an unsettled player they don’t now (rightly or wrongly) regard as quite so crucial to the future success of the team.

There hasn’t been much of a honeymoon period for Moyes; just weeks into his new job and already big questions are being asked about his ability to attract the best players to Old Trafford, never mind keeping one he already has.

Pep Guardiola needed only to snap his fingers for Thiago to join him at Bayern Munich rather than move to Manchester. That was a big blow for United – who saw the brilliant Spain Under-21 captain as the ideal man to add creative flair to the midfield – and the market doesn’t suggest that United are exactly on the verge of signing up one of the other big names they covet.

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas, Robert Lewandowski and the Everton pair, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, have all been strongly linked with United in recent weeks, but all seem more likely to stay where they are than join the Premier League champions, apart perhaps from Baines – and  Moyes is not having an easy time prising the full back away from Goodison.

Is it that United are less attractive to the best players now Sir Alex Ferguson has gone? And if that is the case, can we expect less success at Old Trafford, especially in the short term?

They remain 2/1 favourites with Coral to win the Premier League title again, but you can get 6/5 that they end the season without a major pot.

Written by Jon Freeman