Are Manchester United set to sell Wayne Rooney?Published July 4, 2016
Keep it under your hat but we believe Wayne Rooney could be set for a shock summer exit.
Incoming manager Jose Mourinho has brought in a number of high-profile signings this summer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan being the top examples of this, and there is talk of a mega money bid for French international Paul Pogba.
A quick look at those available to Mourinho, and with a view to who may follow, will leave many clambering to find a formation that could also allow for the inclusion of England captain Rooney.
Speculation is rife that Manchester United are pushing hard for Pogba and talk of a move for the 23-year-old is more than just mindless paper talk.
Mourinho may feel that clearing out a strong influence, such as that which Rooney wields, would help in his push to recharge the Old Trafford side, this would also be quite a statement of intent by the Portuguese manager.
30-year-old Rooney experienced a tough campaign in 2015/16, performing poorly for most of the season before ending with a flourish, indeed there were real questions about whether he deserved to be an automatic starter for Roy Hodgson’s England side this summer.
Rooney is tied down to a contract that is set to end in 2019 but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t be sold, in fact the former Everton man would presumably happily leave if he didn’t feel he would be a key part of Mourinho’s plans.
Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year tenure with Manchester United, and this was primarily down to the fact Jose Mourinho wanted to bring in his own assistants, and this is further evidence that the self-styled ‘Special One’ would have no issue with rocking the boat with a move to offload Rooney.
Arguably any chance Manchester United would have of making a significant sum from the sale of Rooney would be sometime over the next year to 18 months, this is perhaps all the more relevant if the club are to continue spending big this summer.
The sale of Rooney would go some way to balancing the books, and remember Manchester United have no Champions League cash to count on and not that many players who’s sale could generate big sums.
No Love Lost
Wayne Rooney is clearly a Man Utd hero but there are some portions of the club’s support who will remember the manner in which their star player has held the club to ransom, demanding exits in order to maximise contract renumeration.
If he was sold there wouldn’t be a massive backlash from the fans, especially if Mourinho were to use those funds to bring in new blood.