Manchester United ready to seek £20m summer deal for out-of-favour striker Wayne Rooney



Ferguson’s decision to drop Rooney from his starting line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid has placed the 27-year-old’s Old Trafford future in sharp focus. But it is understood that Ferguson and United have already started to plan for life without the England striker next season.

Rooney has left the manager exasperated with his ongoing failure to overcome concerns relating to his match fitness. Those issues, combined with the perception that Rooney’s mobility and energy have been compromised, have accelerated his fall from grace at Old Trafford.

United have no plans to open negotiations with Rooney over a new contract to replace the final two years of his £250,000-a-week deal, but with the former Everton player approaching his 28th birthday in October, his age and salary have left sources within the game placing his market value as low as £20  million.

United’s £22million capture of Robin van Persie from Arsenal last summer, and Manchester City’s £20 million sale of Mario Balotelli to AC Milan in January, have been cited as examples of transfer fees dropping from the levels of recent years, when Ferguson hit out at the ‘kamikaze’ spending of clubs such as City.

City could renew their interest in Rooney, having failed to sign him during the 2010-11 season, but uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Roberto Mancini – an admirer of the player – and this season’s arrival of sporting director Txiki Begiristain ensure that an Abu Dhabi-funded move for the striker is by no means guaranteed, even if Carlos Tévez and Edin Dzeko leave the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea and Paris St-Germain also possess the financial power to sign Rooney, but both the player and United are facing up to a reality that the field of potential buyers is likely to be a small one.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have shown no interest and while Inter Milan are keen to recruit a leading forward, the Italian giants are expected to look to South America for a less expensive option.

Rooney is understood to have reacted calmly when informed by Ferguson of his omission from the team to face Real during a squad meeting at 5.30pm on Monday.

The forward was allegedly more expressive to his team-mates prior to the game, however, with his frustration made clear, but sources close to Rooney on Wednesday refused to discuss his reaction to being dropped and thoughts on his Old Trafford prospects.

Read the full article by The Daily Telegraph’s Mark Ogden

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