Transfer Balls: Chelsea ‘offer’ £80m for Manchester United understudy Wayne Rooney
TRANSFER Balls: A round-up of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney:
Daily Mirror (front page): “Roo: My fury at united”
£250,000 -a-week, Rooney is upset by his employers telling him to work hard and do it for the team. Manager David Moyes says he sees him an important part of the team. But he is not first choice. Robin Van Persie is.
What Moyes said was:
“Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him and I want as many options as possible.”
To say nothing of a dip in RVP’s form, which Moyes didn’t.
“Wayne is confused and angry,” says an unnamed “source” to pretty much every news organ in the world. Although, angry and confused may be Rooney’s usual state of mind.
The Mirror says the England striker believes he is being forced out of the club during a five-month campaign that Rooney likens to “constructive dismissal“.
The Sun (front page): “ROONEY: What I Want Out Of United”
The Sun has the scoop. This is the tale of Rooney’s United’s transfer from the horse’s mouth.
FUMING Wayne Rooney is ready to storm out of Man United because he does not want to play second fiddle to Robin van Persie.
And that’s it. Number of words from Rooney: nil.
EuroSport: “Chelsea the big winners in Rooney affair”
“If Wayne is a second choice for Man United, then the national team will be affected,” Mourinho said, stopping short of turning to the cameras, addressing the watching Rooney with a pointed digit and seductively purring: “I’d never leave you on the bench at Chelsea, Wayne, come and join me. Join me.”
Or as City AM puts it:
Rooney not on Chelsea agenda
The same news in the Daily Star becomes:
EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea ready to sign Wayne Rooney
How ready? The Daily Mail adds:
Manchester United are prepared for a long and ugly pre-season stand-off with Wayne Rooney after refusing to alter their hard line stance that he will not be sold.
The Times says:
Manchester United will not be bullied into selling Wayne Rooney despite the England striker’s anger and confusion at the club’s public declaration that he is behind Robin van Persie in the pecking order and unlikely to get a new contract this summer.
The Barclays Premier League champions are determined to deal with Rooney’s future on their own terms and are prepared to dig their heels in on the matter, even though relations between the club and the player appear to be at breaking point.
…Rooney would have to submit a formal transfer request for United to consider offloading him before the close of the summer transfer window but even then there would be no guarantees that the forward would be granted a move to a Premier League rival such as Chelsea or Arsenal.
It’s hard to see what will happen. But at least the Sun has a fact:
“CHELSEA will have to cough up £80million to grab Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.”
The Times and BBC are reporting that shortly before close of play last night Chelsea lodged an opening bid of £10million with United then allowed them to take their pick from either Juan Mata or David Luiz in exchange for Rooney.
To the Mirror this somehow means:
Chelsea hold all the aces over Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United exit after playing their cards just right
Blues stand to get very lucky, writes Martin Lipton – England’s best player, with a score to settle, an itch to scratch, a point to make
And two years on his contracts to honour. Lipton see Rooney as…
…the opportunity as the trigger-finger of a side where Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar loading the weapon.
Lipton’s report is the wet finger in the air, the space to fill, the deadline to hit, the gap in the website to plug, the wicket to stump, the king to checkmate, the double top to pin and the tape to breast. And this is the trusty Mirror, the paper that told readers:
Barcelona have targeted Juan Mata for a shock summer swoop because they believe he has fallen out with Jose Mourinho.
But it’s the Daily Express which best shows the media’s grasp on the situation, peppering the internet with every angel at once. Both headlines are all from today’s paper:
Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United career appears to be over.
Manchester United send mixed messages over Wayne Rooney
More transfer balls tomorrow…