Transfer Focus: Wayne Rooney
Our Transfer Focus feature looks at Wayne Rooney as he continues to be linked with a move to Paris St Germain.
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Wayne Rooney's Manchester United future is again in doubt as speculation mounts that Paris St Germain are targeting a summer swoop for the striker.
There have been conflicting reports in the press about the likelihood of a deal happening and Sir Alex Ferguson has again insisted that the England international remains part of his plans.
Sky Bet make PSG the 3/1 favourites to swoop for the forward when the transfer window opens up again but we already know that uncertainty over the 27-year-old's future can quickly evolve into a soap opera.
The 2010 Rooney transfer saga - during which Manchester City were leading the race for his signature - ended with a new five-year contract at United, just two days after the former Everton man had expressed his desire to move on from Old Trafford.
Will we once again see Rooney commit his future to the Red Devils or is now the time for him to head for pastures new? We don't have the answer to that question just yet, but check out our Transfer Focus feature to get some clues:
Who Wants Him?
PSG (3/1 to sign Rooney this summer with Sky Bet): PSG are the favourites to sign Rooney and there have been plenty of reports to suggest they are very keen on acquiring the forward. Carlo Ancelotti's men top Ligue 1 by nine points and look well on the way to enjoying a period of sustained dominance in French football. More high-profile signings would make top clubs across Europe nervous and they certainly provided Barcelona with a big test in the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore are already at PSG so do they really need Rooney? Possibly not - but this will be a squad that evolves continuously over the next few seasons so don't be shocked to see a space for the England 27-year-old appear.
Bayern Munich (10/1): This deal would be a surprising way to start Pep Guardiola's tenure at Bayern. It would be a shock if the swoop happened as it looks like Robert Lewandowski is the main striker the Bundesliga champions are targeting - Bayern are the 4/7 favourites with Sky Bet to sign the Borussia Dortmund forward this summer. Mario Gomez has been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena so maybe we can expect more than one new striker arriving in Munich?
Manchester City (16/1): It would be very easy to make a case for Rooney arriving at the Etihad Stadium if we were back in October 2010. That was the time the Rooney transfer saga dominated the back pages and even the main news bulletins were full of talk about the striker's future. Time has, of course, now moved on but City could do with a striker and maybe they will be tempted to raid their rivals. Radamel Falcao or Edinson Cavani appear more likely targets for Roberto Mancini, but you can be sure that there have been discussions about Rooney.
Real Madrid (22/1): This move would see Rooney reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo but it looks unlikely. Radamel Falcao is again a more likely target for Real and the Spanish newspapers might not welcome the deal after being full of criticism for Rooney prior to the Champions League last 16 clash against Manchester United. Monaco would appear more likely suitors with their desire to make a big splash in the transfer market this summer - but it would still be a big ask for the Englishman to join a newly-promoted club to France's top-flight.
Also available with Sky Bet: Everton (25/1), Tottenham (28/1), AC Milan (50/1), Monaco (50/1), Anzhi Makhachkala (50/1), Barcelona (50/1), Chelsea (50/1), Inter Milan (50/1), Juventus (50/1), Inter Milan (50/1).
Sky Bet's Andrew Lee says "At the moment PSG are favourites to secure Rooney's signature - he was 9/4 to move there, backed in from 3/1 when we first put the market up.
"Leonardo has commented that he knows nothing of the Rooney rumours, but make of that what you will - especially as an ex-PSG director has spoken of his confidence that Rooney will be playing in the French capital next year.
"We have also seen some business for him to move to Real Madrid, the price looks attractive to punters.
"There have been rumours of him switching to Manchester City over the last three years, so a move to Eastlands wouldn't be impossible."
This season 39 games, 22 goals - includes a double for England in the 5-0 win over San Marino and three doubles for United (including a vital couple of goals in the 3-2 victory at Manchester City on December 9)
Last season 49 games, 38 goals - includes two hat-tricks for Manchester United (in the 8-2 victory at home to Arsenal and 5-0 win at Bolton) and the winner for England in the Euro 2012 clash against Ukraine
International record 81 games, 35 goals - there have been highs and lows in Rooney's England career with the big impact he made at Euro 2004 the highlight and red card against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup the worst moment. He needs 15 more goals to break Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 49 goals for the Three Lions
Rooney's famous winner against Arsenal in 2002 came five days before his 17th birthday and ended the Gunners' 30-match unbeaten run
Rooney became the youngest player to be capped by England when he made his debut against Australia on February 12, 2003
The 2006 League Cup was Rooney's first trophy with Manchester United and he scored twice in the 4-0 win over Wigan in the final at the Millennium Stadium
Rooney's superb bicycle kick against Manchester City in 2011 was named the Premier League's best ever goal
Leeds Rhinos are Rooney's rugby league club of choice
What Rooney Says
April 2013: "When you are at a club like United, you have to be full of motivation and desire to win every year. That comes from the manager and all the players are aware of it. The club and the players have to be full of that desire. That's why the club has been so successful." Daily Mail.
September 2012: "Hopefully still here at Man Utd (where he'll be playing in 10 years). That's the aim, the plan and what I want to do. As long as this club wants me, I'll be here and trying to be successful." talkSPORT
October 2010: "I met with David Gill (United chief executive) last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad. I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract."
What Others Say
March 2013, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "I don't think there is anything in that at all (Ferguson on the latest Rooney to PSG reports)."
April 2013, PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti: "Wayne Rooney is one of the best strikers in the world. I think he is impossible to buy. He is an idol for Manchester United." L'Equipe
April 2013, PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "If he wants to be part of the best project in football then there is only one club to sign for. Only he knows the decision he is going to make in the summer but the project we are trying to build here is clear. We are not content with being the dominant force in France, we want to be the top club in Europe as well. I can understand why the owners are interested in Rooney - he is in the top 10 of strikers in Europe." The Sun
Daily Mirror, April 19 Wayne Rooney wants Sir Alex Ferguson to show his commitment to him with the offer of a new contract.
Daily Mirror, April 16 Paris Saint-Germain sources claim they will sign Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney in the summer.
The Sun, April 16 French giants Paris Saint-Germain are convinced they will land Manchester United frontman Wayne Rooney in a £25m summer swoop.
Daily Mail, April 16 Manchester United frontman Wayne Rooney wants to open talks about a new contract and has no desire to leave and join Paris Saint-Germain.
Daily Express, April 16 Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney is heading to PSG this summer, according to sources in France.
Daily Telegraph, April 16 Wayne Rooney is determined to resist opportunities to leave Manchester United this summer and wants to sign a new deal.
The Independent, April 16 Wayne Rooney is likely to sign a new contract to extend his Manchester United career this summer, despite reports in France that Paris Saint-Germain have sealed a deal for the 27-year-old striker.
Oddschecker, April 16 (@Oddschecker) - RT @SportingLife: "No #PSG bid for Wayne Rooney, says Leonardo" Rooney 8/15 to stay at #MUFC in summer
OptaJoe, April 15 (@OptaJoe) 81 - Wayne Rooney's total of 81 passes at Stoke yesterday was his highest in a PL game since Nov 2010 (105 v Blackburn). Conductor.
Wayne Rooney, August 29, 2012 (@WayneRooney - the man himself) Read the nonsense in the papers and heard what people have to say.absolute rubbish. #heartostay