Kicking-off Monday’s Manchester United round-up is the news that Wayne Rooney wants a new deal to end his career at Manchester United.
According to The Sun, the Red Devils and England skipper, has three years left on his current deal, wants to end his career at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.
He said: “I have a contract at the club that I want to see out and wouldn’t be against extending it — but that’s up to the club.”
Rooney has reinvented himself as a central midfielder in recent months and he is now excelling in this role for England at Euro 2016. If he can continue to impress in this deeper position, he will no doubt be a key figure under Mourinho.
At 30 years of age, the Englishman has proven his ability to dictate the game from the centre of the park, completing 88% of his passes and 75% of his attempted take ons in France for the Three Lions.
Meanwhile, he has proven his playmaking prowess, creating more chances than any of his international team-mates (8 key passes). All his game has been lacking is goals, but who would rule him out of scoring against Slovakia this evening?
If he can replicate the same level of performance upon his return to club level, with United, he will have a hugely positive influence on the young, attacking talent playing ahead of him.
The 29-year-old has been consistently outstanding since moving to Juventus in 2010, and would be the big name centre-back United have been missing since Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic’s partnership ended.
The Italian is yet to experience a goal in France this summer, such has been the level of his performance. Having recorded six interceptions and 10 clearances, he has been a rock at the back for Antonio Conte’s side.
Bonucci signed a new five-year deal worth £70,000-a-week last year, but the Red Devils could comfortably double those wages. A £25 million offer for the Italy international has been suggested. However, the club could face competition from Chelsea.
Due to the player’s relationship with Conte, it would be difficult to see him turning down a move to Stamford Bridge, should he be willing to leave Juventus, which means Mourinho could be forced to look elsewhere.
Nonetheless, the Portuguese head coach get the opportunity to secure the experienced centre-back’s signature, he should jump at the chance.
And finally, the speculation that refuses to go away, Nemanja Matic is once again being linked with a move to Old Trafford – only this time, it is as part of a rumoured swap deal for Italian full-back Matteo Darmian.
According to Steve Bates in the Sunday People, Jose Mourinho is willing to trade Italian full-back to land Chelsea’s Serbian midfielder, who features prominently on his shopping list ahead of next season.
It is really not worth spending any time at all discussing this rumour. A swap deal is highly unlikely to happen in these circumstances, no matter how much Antonio Conte favours Darmian.
Also, don’t forget, this is the second exchange that the Italian has been included in (he was touted as a bargaining chip in a move for Juventus’ Paul Pogba) this week alone!
It simply won’t happen.
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