A curious rumour has popped up on the radar; it states that Jose Mourinho is planning a £70m bid for Wayne Rooney.
Caughtoffside.com, footEylatest.com and ibtimes.com claim that Spanish media reports suggest discussions between Real president Florentino Perez and manager, Mourinho, have began regarding a strategy on how to lure the England international to the Bernabeu.
Los Blancos have drawn up a list of 10 potential targets, including Brazilian starlet Neymar and Rooney.
Recent talks between Santos’ playmaker and Real broke down, turning Perez’s and Mourinho’s attention to the rest of the list.
Goals are not a problem for Real at the moment though, they are top of La Liga with 46 goals in 13 matches, an average of 3.5 a game.
In the attacking locker at the moment Mourinho can choose from Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
Of course Real managed to acquire Ronaldo from Manchester United for £80m in 2009, but Rooney is English and is central to Alex Ferguson’s plans for the team.
Back in July Rooney’s youth team coach at Everton’s Academy made unfounded claims that he believed his former protégé would move to either Barcelona or Real.
Tony ‘Tosh’ Farrell told The Boston Globe: “Wayne always had the potential. But I personally think he’s going to be even better.
“Is he going to be at Manchester United forever? Personally, I think he’s going to move on to Barcelona or Real Madrid. I think he’s going to want to challenge himself.”
But after the kafuffle of last year’s Manchester City flirtations, for which Rooney apologised and promptly signed an improved five-year-deal, it is very unlikely he would rake up old wounds so soon.
This deal is very unlikely but if it did happen it would be the shock of the transfer window and would mean a complete restructuring of the United team. If it happened in January it would almost certainly hand the league title to Manchester City.