When the transfer window is shut, we get some of the wildest rumours – even more than on deadline day when everyone is a taxi driver spotting players left right and centre.
Today is no exception as we get one of the best players in England supposedly upping sticks and moving to the continent. According to Italian website Tuttomercatoweb, the King of the overhead kick, Wayne Rooney, is on the move to Spanish giants Real Madrid and to make this story even more interesting they claim there is a buy out clause in the players new contract that Real are ready to trigger, supposedly the sum to meet this clause is as little as £25million.
Rooney emerged from the Everton academy at stepped into the first team squad at the age of 16 and looking more like a fan than a finely tuned athlete, a mega star was born. After crashing in that memorable goal against Arsenal he was the youngest ever goalscorer in the Premier League (a record now held by Evertonian James Vaughan) he went on to play for the Toffee’s 67 times and scoring 15 goals.
By the end of the 2nd season, Rooney who had earlier claimed to be an Everton fan for life, requested a transfer and soon moved to Manchester United in a deal thought to be worth £25million. Playing at Old Trafford, Rooney went on to fulfill his potential and has become one of the best strikers in world football, during his 7 years with United the scouse striker has appeared in 304 games and notched up 137 goals the most recent of which, in the Manchester derby, is widely regarded as the best goal he has ever scored.
In recent times things have been a bit more patchy for the player, a recent run of poor form which although now appears to be ending has blighted Rooney and he went a number of months without a goal. This lack of form, niggling injury problems and issues in his social life may have been the driving factors behind Rooney’s refusal to sign a new deal with United and his request for a transfer in October 2010. Whatever problems existed were addressed and within a week, Rooney committed his future to the club saying that his doubts about the clubs ‘lack of ambition’ had been addressed.
It would now appear however that all may not be well and if the Italian press are to be believed the apparent making up between club and player in October was only a temporary solution before the player is allowed a move this Summer. The report claims that the release clause is £25million and that Madrid are ready to meet that figure to take him to the Bernabeu, there are no figures as for what it would take in terms of wages to convince Rooney to move.
In this inflated transfer market Rooney must surely be worth more than that, and it would be surprising to me if the powers that be at Old Trafford allowed such a low release clause in the players deal, if Andy Carroll is worth £35million, Rooney must be worth at least £50million, double what Real Madrid will be offering for him.
If an agreement could be made between the two clubs, it could be an attractive prospect for the player, he has a hard time with the British press and he may believe he would have an easier time abroad, something that I am not necessarily sure about. The pull of playing for Real Madrid however could be very strong and it would obviously be extremely lucrative, he would be in a squad with some of the best players in the world and if his doubts about United lacking ambition were true, there isn’t a more ambitious club in terms of personal than Real.
The move to me seems unlikely, he would be extremely hard to replace even though his form so far this season has not been particularly great and I doubt United would allow him to leave for what is effectively the same as what they paid for him. There is also the problem that his wife Coleen, wants to stay in the North West to look after her Sister who is extremely unwell and I don’t see Wayne moving (or being allowed to move) to another country without his family.
I am also not sure Rooney would be overly keen on the move from a footballing point of view, undoubtedly a fine player but would he necessarily be starting every game for Madrid he would possibly be looking at more time on the bench than he is used too. There is also the argument that he would achieve more and win more honours at Manchester United than he would in the Spanish capital. All that said however money does talk and Rooney could very easily be tempted by the millions Madrid would be willing to offer him.
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