On the heels of the rumor that Sir Alex Ferguson is about to retire, John Cross in the Mirror writes that Wayne Rooney is on his way to Bayern Munich.
According to the piece, Wayne Rooney has told team-mates he wants to sign for Bayern Munich this summer at that Bayern will meet United’s asking price of £30m for the United striker.
I have written repeatedly over the last twelve months that the writing has been on the wall that Rooney is unhappy at United. His relationship with Fergie has never been the same since he handed in his transfer request, and in the last 12 months he went from being the face of the club to playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie.
Rooney is said to be flattered by the interest of a club which has won the Bundesliga this season and is being tipped to dominate European football for the next few years. And that he is intrigued by the prospect of working with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, who will take over at Bayern in the summer.
All of the leagues in Europe, the Bundesliga is the most like the Premier League. They have a physical, robust style of play, with the accent on pace and penetration as much as technical skill. They also have full houses and passionate, raucous fans at nearly every game.
So while the move makes sense for Rooney from a financial and footballing perspective, I am unsure what the end game is for United?
For months I had the feeling that Fergie would spend big this summer and lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. Adding in another world class striker would allow van Persie to move back into that number 10 role that Rooney has been playing.
But the future is a lot murkier now, especially if Rooney and Fergie both leave. What direction is United going in? Can David Moyes go out and attract the best players away from Barca, Real Madrid, Beyern, PSG, Man City and Chelsea? Not so sure about that, and that has to have United fans more than a little bit worried.