Manchester United have rejected a bid from Chelsea for Wayne Rooney, the second time within a matter of weeks that United have refused an offer for their wantaway striker by Roman Abramovich’s club.
United have repeatedly stated publicly that Rooney is not for sale, however the 27-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Old Trafford in what has developed into the most tedious transfer saga of the summer, and arguably of the last few summers.
One of the transfer sagas of the summer has seemingly reached its end, and a rather predictable one as far as Manchester United fans are concerned, with the club thought to have given up in their attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas.
The Barcelona midfielder became United’s number one target after his former team-mate Thiago opted to move to Bayern Munich, but the Catalans have so far refused the two bids United have submitted, with some reports claiming the former Arsenal captain was desperate to return to the Premier League, while others believe that Fabregas has about as much intention of joining United as Thiago did.
Just when one thought the Wayne Rooney saga couldn’t get more boring, confusing and cringeworthy, the story has apparently managed to tick all three boxes, with the United striker seemingly on the verge of resolving his future and, mercifully, let us all forget about one of the most grotesque transfer sagas in recent years.
By now we’re all more familiar with the story than we’d ever wished to be, so let’s not waste too much of your Sunday morning and focus simply on the new (ish) details, as they’ve emerged over the last 24 hours.
With United’s summer transfer dealings up in the air, many names are being spoken about as potential targets, while it seems talks to bring Ronaldo back to the club persists.
Until the futures of Ronaldo and fellow ‘fast-track bully’ Gareth Bale are decided, the transfer market will be stuck in neutral.
One way or another, this summer more than any other, one decision on one/two players future/s will thrust it into gear.
Wayne Rooney could make his comeback for Manchester United in friendly behind closed doors against Spanish side Real Betis today. The 27-year-old is still to feature in a game under new manager David Moyes after returning home from United Australasian tour with a hamstring injury.
Rooney, however, could line up today alongside the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Nani and Antonio Valencia, as Moyes wants to get as many of his players up to speed as possible, particularly those who missed out on the tour due to injuries, ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield, the season’s traditional curtain-raiser at Wembley.
I think I should start off today saying that after having submitted numerous articles where I have spewed disgust and frustration at the ownership of Manchester United, it’s time for a more positive approach based on news that has begun to go viral the past 24 hours or so.
First off let me say that I am not the fickle individual some of you have accused me of in the past. I am not one who likes to condemn one day and praise the next. But it is hard to ignore the reports that begun with a world exclusive in the Daily Star on August 1st, 2013 and have since spread virally through most of the football reporting blogs and websites around, both tabloid and reputable in nature.
Perhaps this was always going to be destined to be a strange summer for United. Following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and the appointment of David Moyes the club braced itself for a period likely to bring excitement, doubts, hopes and fears in equal measure, and the last two months have duly delivered.
With the season only two weeks away, United are still to land a significant signing, their form on the Australasian tour has been nothing to write home about and David Moyes has had to deal with Wayne Rooney’s tantrums even if the United player is still to feature under his new manager.
The season kicks off in 15 days, City and Chelsea have bolstered their squads while United have tip-toed around a number of players and already missed out on a couple of targets this summer. Plenty of reason to be pessimistic about this season? Well yes, but everything could change were United to land a familiar Portuguese.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Old Trafford basically every fortnight since the two sides met in the Champions League last season, with the Portuguese’s reluctance to pen a new deal at the Bernabeu increasing the hopes of many Reds that he would in fact leave the Bernabeu and rejoin United.