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Where does the €61m (£50m) man go?

Published 07/01/2012 | 05:00

Real Madrid: A move to the Spanish capital would enable Rooney to link up with his old winking mate, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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However, with the Portuguese winger, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema all banging in the goals for Jose Mourinho's side, and Mesut Ozil pulling the strings from just behind, Rooney could struggle to get a game.

Having previously raised doubts about Manchester United's ability to continue to attract the world's best players, Rooney would surely have no such qualms were he to move to the Catalan giants. With David Villa out for the remainder of the season with a broken leg, Barcelona could do with another striking option.

The Rossoneri's ongoing pursuit of Carlos Tevez suggests that they are in the market for a forward and, with Milan's reputation for fashion Rooney could perhaps be tempted to move in search of some new clothes to complement his recently-acquired hair -- with his wife also enjoying the shops. And marital infidelity is apparently less frowned upon in Italy -- if Silvio Berlusconi is anything to go by.

The Qatar-backed French side would have no trouble affording the England forward, and would doubtless be attracted to the prospect of making such a marquee signing, having recently failed to woo David Beckham. Rooney could link up well with French goal-machine Guillaume Hoarau.

Rooney reportedly flirted with the idea of joining United's noisy neighbours during his contract dispute in late 2010, while City manager Roberto Mancini has recently bemoaned the club's lack of resources up front. It would be an act of treason, but could the lure of financial rewards, plus the chance to link up with such an array of talent be enough to tempt Rooney?

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