It has become increasingly apparent over the past few days that English striker Wayne Rooney is looking to leave Manchester United. Rooney is currently at odds with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and has stated that he has no intentions of signing another contract with the team. The question is, where?
United may likely faces the reality that it will have to sell Rooney in the January transfer window to get something in return for him, since he is only 20 months away from free agency.
Rooney and Ferguson’s relationship has reportedly deteriorated over the past few weeks following tabloid rumors about the striker’s personal life becoming public. Ferguson has never been shy about unloading high-priced, popular stars in the past, as guys like Paul Ince, David Beckham, Roy Keane and Ruud van Nistelrooy have been sent elsewhere despite their popularity.
Rooney has always claimed he would like to finish his career with Man U., but obviously that has changed. Many believe he has a desire to play in Spain and Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will always come up as potential destinations for big-time players.
But could Rooney have his eyes on his current crosstown rival? Manchester City is the wealthiest club in England and they could certainly throw a ton of cash at the 24-year-old star. The move would certainly make City the talk of the Premier League and Rooney would be able to face the man he feels hasn’t backed him in Ferguson.
With his immense popularity in England and the opportunities available to him there off the pitch, it would be hard to see Rooney passing up the opportunity to head across town.