Wayne Rooney’s future at Old Trafford is under a thick cloud after Sir Alex’s snub against Real Madrid but Manchester United could find it hard to sell their star player. The Telegraph believes that several clubs across Europe who had expressed interest in the England international will shy away from making a move due to the pressure of UEFA’s new financial rules. Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have looked likely destinations but few clubs are willing to match Rooney’s astronomical wages.
While United consider selling Rooney in the summer, they must act fast to land target Robert Lewandowski. According to the Daily Mail, Bayern Munich are willing to let the striker stay at Dortmund for another year to get him for free in 2014 which could force United to shell out around £25 million to tempt the German champions from parting with their star striker. Dortmund are keen to keep hold of the Polish international and United may have to use money raised from Rooney’s sale to fund his transfer.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Asmir Begovic as a long-term solution to their goalkeeping problem but the Stoke City stopper has refused to talk about any moves to the Premier League leaders. A summer target for United and Arsenal, Begovic is keen to focus on the task at hand and the Express quotes him saying, “I must confess it is nice to hear these things. It is always nice to hear what others are saying, it means that you are doing a good job. But I have no time to think about this. My only concern is Stoke City as I want to be as good as I can be for my club, and for my national team. So quite simply, I really don’t have any time to think about a move or anything else.”