Barcelona want Rooney in €30m Thiago swap deal with United

by Sam Peoples

rooney-thiagoToday’s front page of Spain’s SPORT has claimed that Barcelona want to strike a deal with Manchester United to bring Wayne Rooney to the Nou Camp as part of an agreement that would see Thiago go the other way.

The article claims that only €12 million plus waving Thiago’s release clause of €18 million would be enough to prize Rooney away from Manchester. Are they mad?

All season long, Rooney hasn’t been in the best mental (or physical) shape having played second fiddle to Robin van Persie yet he still scored 16 goals. He wants to be the main man in the team and thrives off that spotlight.

So why would he want to move to Barcelona where Messi and Neymar will be firmly in the limelight? It would force Rooney to permanently play on the left hand side to accommodate for others.

On top of that, Barcelona will fork out a whopping €57 million for Neymar, so it seems unlikely they would then be able to afford Rooney’s wages of £250,000 a week.

Given the claims that Rooney wants to leave United, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him move away from Old Trafford but not to Barcelona.

If Rooney decides to leave United, his options are extremely limited because of his demands and the likes of Monaco, PSG and (god forbid) Manchester City are the only teams likely to be able to afford him.

For me, if Rooney did hand in a second transfer request in three years then good riddance to him. If he didn’t, then I’d like him to stay. It’s as simple as that.

I think if Ferguson had not retired then Rooney would 100% be leaving. I felt their relationship had run its course but under David Moyes, Rooney has another chance. The pair may have history but as a manager, the last thing you want to do when taking over a team is lose your best players, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Moyes is trying everything in his power to patch it up with Rooney for the sake of the team.

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obasinya 06/28/2013 - 21:16

Rooney shud go if he wil not accept the deeper role in the midfield. Beside we want more biting and attacking midfielders that wil help all time Carrick. He shud not lie against our Hero Fergie.

David 06/26/2013 - 12:57

This scenario is balanced from both sides Fergie has a part to blame if indeed Wayne did not hand in the transfer request, while on the other hand Wayne has his insecurities to blame for himself.Whenever he stuggles to bag in goals than any other strikers he gets worried from the Teves, Chicha, Ronaldo, to Van Persie he becomes unsettled.Its quite normal and expected but what is important is for him to make up is mind.There is no Manager in the world who loves to mould a team centrally from one person. Im sure Moyes doesnt want such rubbish

Darren 06/26/2013 - 10:15

I would like to say a thank you to gwens, Patrick and Matt for leaving the only comments I can read without my brain hurting! As for the rest of you… holy shit! Learn to speak properly!

As for Rooney, I would personally like to see him stay. No one can doubt his ability. The only issue is if he genuinely still does not want to be here then he must go. For him and the club.

On a completely different note: bring back Ronaldo! 😀

Matt 06/26/2013 - 19:02

Darren, thanks for the compliment, but I think United is best served letting Rooney go. Sure, a fit and ambitious Rooney is one of the best players in the league, but how often is that the case? Additionally, tactical shifts prohibit playing with two out and out strikers against better opposition. Given that Moyes typically plays 4-4-1-1, I think selling Rooney and spending that money (along with any that the Glazer’s haven’t siphoned out of the club for personal gain) on improving the center mids and wingers is a much better option. This will allow Kagawa to play in his favored position and provide more game time for Hernandez who is an amazing, though underutilized, talent.

Dickson toba 06/26/2013 - 07:47

Rooney iz alredy unhapy,d only tin he wnts is apology frm d club,bt i tink is also unsettled player,al wat is makin hm unhapi is jst d highest goal scorer,dt he has neva atain formerly,nd wit d arival of rvp baggin goals nd wu was awarded wit epl top scorer

allijo 06/26/2013 - 07:41

Rooney has no suitors dats y he denied d transfer request,want him 2 b sold.dats all.

Matt 06/26/2013 - 05:04

Off topic, but why are United not looking at Witsel for the holding midfielder position. Granted, I haven’t seen much of him since he left for Russia but he looked to be auch better prospect than Strootman. (Plus, a quick YouTube of him will give you all the Kean comparison you will ever need)

Ojo oluwasegun ezekiel 06/26/2013 - 04:34

Rooney shud wherever he want go, bcos he is an ingrant. We brought him from mud so he thinks only to thanks is to set his leave. Go pls. May Thiago come, i knw he shall regret it, if he leave manutd, i knw dat one. Thiago pls join us.

@gwens1356 06/26/2013 - 01:36

Am definitely not surprised by Fergie’s actions, he just could’t let go. The hottest question is why would fergie create so much problems 4 the coming manager. Like setting a house on fire knowing u no longer reside in it. Naturally he is the kind that does want someone to air a Contradict ing view n will always find a way of getting at his ‘enemy’ no matter what. I bet at his age he would definitely kick a corpse to settle a childhood score. Pliz let Rooney enjoy his football once again.

Patrick Mwangi 06/26/2013 - 02:25

it is rooney who is lying.If indeed he didn´t put the transfer request, He could have denied it two months ago. But he didn´t, instead he waited to see if any big club is interested in him. now that nobody wants him, he send his agent to brand fergie a Liar while fergie is not around to comment. Pathetic.


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