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Barcelona make Wayne Rooney their top target

By Chris Wright

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£140k buys you a lot of Lynx

In a story that has presumably just been picked from the footballing ether, The Daily Star are today reporting that Barcelona have stepped up their bid to take Wayne Rooney to the Camp Nou.

Rooney, who has decided to delay any re-negotiations until after the World Cup, still has two years left to run on his current United contract and has stated numerous times that he wishes to end his career at the club by tying up a five year extension that would keep him at Old Trafford until 2017.

The only sticking point is that Manchester United are unwilling to match the England striker’s £140,000-a-week wage demands and Barca hope to capitalise by offering a staggering £8 million (after tax) annual salary to lure Rooney to Spain, as Pep Guardiola has apparently identified the 24 year old as the Catalan club’s top summer transfer target.

There have been a few stories in the national press recently regarding Rooney leaving for Spain or Italy and I think they can all be written off as ‘filler’. I can see United being perfectly willing to break their pay structure to keep their most influential player at the club.

What do we reckon Pies faithful? Can you see Manchester United being willing to lose Rooney for the sake of wages that – in reality – fall some way short of what Messi, Ronaldo, Kaka, Ibrahimovic et al take home already?

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By Chris on January 19th, 2010 in Barcelona, Featured, Man Utd, Transfers & Rumours. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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8 Responses to “Barcelona make Wayne Rooney their top target”

  1. Ollie says:

    Hope it happens – about time a world-class English player left home to better himself.

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  3. Chringle says:

    @Ollie: I’d like to see it aswell. I think the fear of isolation in a country where you don’t speak the language or understand the culture must be very off-putting though – something that most of the foreign players coming to England don’t seem to be daunted by.

  4. Slim says:

    He can barely speak English but he seems to get by somehow.

  5. Dave says:

    I do think he would struggle with the language as he does appear to be a bit thick but he showed he has no loyalty whatsoever when he left his”beloved” Everton so i wont be surprised if greed once more moves him on.

  6. alex says:

    if he says he’d like to stay at united then he will…. why is this a story.

  7. jonmufc says:

    He can leave Everton .So he can leave United.

    Thanks for sharing this article.

  8. footballer says:

    Don’t care.if you don’t have Spirit.Thank 4 share.

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