Manchester United: Rooney bid from Serie A; PSG ready to compete for forward; Mkhitaryan latest
Having been linked with moves to China and the MLS, there is now a new suitor for out of favour captain Wayne Rooney, with Inter Milan reportedly preparing a move for the midfielder-cum-striker in the summer, though they are unlikely to make a January move for the 31-year-old as he seeks to play first team football after a prolonged spell on the bench at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho, claim Calciomercato.
Should Rooney opt for a move to Inter, rather than running down the final two and a half years left on his £250,000 per week contract as he currently intends to, it would involve him taking a pay cut. That said, it would allow him to continue playing football at a high level, with clubs from the Chinese Super League likely to pay more but unable to offer the same quality of football as can be found in Serie A.
A potential replacement for Rooney is believed to be Atletico Madrid’s French star Antoine Griezmann, who is also being targeted by a club from his home country as Paris Saint-Germain see him as a replacement for United’s summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 25-year-old signed a new contract in Madrid earlier this season which is believed to include a release clause worth around £100 million, which is unlikely to put PSG off of making a move for him but may price United out of the market if Atletico refuse to negotiate.
Spanish newspaper Sport claim that the two clubs are likely to wait until the summer to fight it out for the Frenchman, who has once again been leading the away for Atletico Madrid in La Liga, with Diego Simeone’s side currently sitting in fifth place with nine league games played.
Another player to be linked with an Old Trafford exit, though in his case only months after joining for a £25 million fee, is Henrikh Mkhitaryan. However, the Guardian report that he is determined to stay and fight for a place in the United squad in an attempt to convince Jose Mourinho of his abilities.
That may be a challenge given that he was left out of the squad to face Manchester City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night despite being at full fitness, but Mourinho is likely to be forced to give a chance to the Armenian given that he spent a hefty fee to sign him in the summer and has only given him one Premier League start to date, which is scant opportunity to judge him on.
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