Wayne Rooney is believed to be considering a future away from Manchester United after reportedly being upset with the latest remarks of manager David Moyes. On the other hand, PSG have completed the move for striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli involving a record transfer fee.
Wayne Rooney is reportedly ‘Angry & Confused’
Since the arrival of Robin van Persie at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney’s importance in the team’s attack has been considerably reduced. Often last season, Sir Alex preferred playing the English talisman in a withdrawn role in the attacking midfield, significantly affecting his goal-scoring stats. While Rooney seemed to have been doing his bit adjusting to his new role at the club, it seems he has done that for long enough and now expects to be slotted back into the position he prefers playing in. But the latest statement from newly appointed David Moyes seems to have confirmed Rooney is only going to play a supporting role to van Persie as the new season commences in less than a month. Moyes quite clearly expressed Rooney shall continue playing in the second striker’s role and that he shall be promoted to a more advanced role only in van Persie’s absence.
Wayne Rooney for years has remained the chief attacking threat at United and has gotten the team goals in plenty. His future at the club has remained a matter of unending debate for a while now and it seems Rooney will be more than keen now to consider the offers on plate. It was believed a reunion with his former Everton boss would iron out all the minor concerns Rooney was facing towards the conclusion of the Ferguson era at Manchester United but the recent turn of events suggests exactly the opposite. Although United’s official stance on the matter remains unchanged, it is now widely speculated they will not entertain the idea of retaining Rooney for another season.
The transfer season so far has seen a big reshuffling of strikers with a number of transfers having already been announced. But the addition of Rooney’s name in the list of available forwards might change many equations now. Napoli, Arsenal and Real Madrid are the three clubs who are reportedly very keen on adding attacking numbers to their squad this season and how things shape up for over the next month with the latest developments in the Rooney situation will be very interesting to see.
Edinson Cavani completes his move to PSG
About a year ago, Aurelio Di Laurentiis had very proudly claimed his Napoli attacking trio of Cavani, Lavezzi and Hamsik is worth € 100M. So far he has sold only two of them and he’s already earned a sum of € 94M from the deals – an extremely smart piece of business. Exactly a year after selling Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG, Napoli have now sold their most precious asset to the same club with a humongous € 64M exchanging hands.
Cavani is one of the most prolific forwards in the world today and his signature was a highly sought one by every big club in Europe at some point or another. Cavani scored 78 league goals for Napoli during last three seasons – only Messi and Ronaldo have scored more in that period. The Uruguayan’s transfer was completed yesterday and he has signed a five year contract with the French champions. He was immediately unveiled in front of press too.
“The transfer of Edinson Cavani is further proof of the club’s ability to attract the best players in the world,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
“The player was seduced by the club’s sporting project and is delighted to be joining an ambitious side, impatient to take on new challenges.
“We are especially happy to present such a hugely coveted player of immense talent to our supporters.”
The arrival of Cavani raises some questions over the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It was once reported the Big Swede might even be involved in a player + cash deal to land Cavani in Paris but so far it has looked Ibra will stay for another season at least. Adding Lavezzi, Pastore and Lucas Moura to this strike-force, PSG can now easily boast of one of the most balanced and threatening attacks across Europe.
The departure of Cavani will not be an easy one for Napoli fans to come to terms with but the club has earned a huge sum of cash and if smartly re-invested in various areas, Napoli can continue mounting serious title challenge to the reigning champions Juventus.
Gonzalo Higuain May Now Be A Target For Napoli
With the sale of Edinson Cavani, Napoli are now in the hunt for a new striker and although aiming for a like-for-like replacement will not exactly be realistic, they now do have the cash to attract the attention of some of the bigger clubs. Real Madrid’s Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain is facing an unclear future and the club is reluctant at shipping him off before the Suarez situation becomes slightly clearer.
It has been repeatedly suggested Real Madrid are keen on signing Luiz Suarez from Liverpool and are willing to offload Higuain who’d then naturally be deemed surplus to requirements. Arsenal have been linked with the striker for a long time but they haven’t moved in on him fast enough and their efforts to take Real Madrid off the guard by pursing Suarez have now made the entire situation unnecessarily complicated.
It has effectively made things difficult for Arsenal now as Napoli seem to be preparing their bid to secure the signature of Higuain. Napoli are expected to table a bid of close to € 30M which is slightly more than what Arsenal have initially presented to Real Madrid. Although Rafa Benitez had recently asserted they are not looking to add another big striker to the roster as Cavani’s replacement, the possibility of Napoli’s interest in the Argentine cannot be ruled out at all. And one may not be surprised to see them steal the Higuain deal under the nose of Arsene Wenger.
Some other transfer news
- Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella is reportedly closing in on a move to English club Norwich City. The two clubs are yet to negotiate over a price.
- Raul Albiol is believed to be on his way to Napoli signing a four-year contract.
- Tito Vilanova has reassured fans over Cesc Fabregas’ prolonged future at Barcelona.
- Keisuke Honda’s switch to AC Milan looks increasingly likely as Italian media reports suggest a meeting is to be held between the two club officials on Friday.