Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested a summer move for Wayne Rooney could happen if the striker cannot sort out his differences with Manchester United. The England forward has handed in a transfer request and his future remains uncertain following the appointment of David Moyes, his former manager at Everton, as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
Now Goal.com are reporting that Wayne Rooney will give serious consideration to a move to Arsenal this summer if they can match his salary demands. England’s talisman is ready to severe his ties with Manchester United as he sets his sights on a new club next season.
According to Goal.com :
Rooney’s camp have given informal indications to Arsenal that the player would be interested in a shock summer switch to the north Londoners.
He is believed to be keen on being the marquee player in the team once again after seeing his status downgraded at Old Trafford last season, while the opportunity for a fresh challenge at an established Champions League club and playing alongside fellow England internationals Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also said to appeal to Rooney.
Arsenal are preparing to put together a package that, including performance-related bonuses, image rights and signing-on fee, will match his current United deal.
However, Arsenal will have to make Rooney the best-paid player in the club’s history to bring him to Emirates Stadium. He earns €240,000-a-week and will not accept a drop in salary. Arsenal have employed a tight wage structure, with their current top earner Theo Walcott on €105,000-a-week, however it may be time to smash it.
There is still hope because the Gunners paid Thierry Henry the equivalent of €234,000-a-week in 2006-07, the final season of his first spell at the club and also upped Cesc Fabregas’ wages to €130,000-a-week to keep him at Arsenal in 2009.
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I think we can easily match Rooney’s high wages if we get rid of the dead wood and free up their wages, we can then definitely finance his move.
I am confident that Rooney would be a better player at Arsenal than he ever was at Man United. He is the kind of striker who likes to be involved in link up play but also loves to be in the box to score goals. Rooney at Arsenal along with a couple of new signings would be a vast improvement on any team we have had for the last few years.
Do you agree that Rooney would be a good fit for Arsenal because of the freedom he would have to be the top striker and continue with the link up play that he is so good at?