Thursday 22 February 2018

Moyes poised to make Rooney call as Chelsea prepare to swoop

New Manchester United manager David Moyes arrives at the team Carrington training, Carrington
New Manchester United manager David Moyes arrives at the team Carrington training, Carrington

Jamie Holland

ONLY 24 hours after assuming the reins at Manchester United, David Moyes will today tell Wayne Rooney whether he wants him at Old Trafford.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are all reported to be monitoring events in Manchester, where Moyes is expected to sit down with Rooney who could be put on the market for £20m.

Rooney's future at United has been under a cloud since the end of last season when former manager Alex Ferguson indicated that the striker had told him he wanted to leave the club.

United have insisted that Rooney would not be allowed to leave for another English club, but a planned massive bid from Roman Abramovich may prompt the player to break the impasse and seek a switch to the capital.

It is understood that Rooney is attracted by the prospect of joining Jose Mourinho, a coach he has long admired, at Stamford Bridge. There is no doubt he is open to the idea of ending a nine-year stint at United.

Moyes' appointment was seen as having the potential to ease tensions, despite the pair's tumultuous history at Goodison Park, but Chelsea's strong interest will challenge any attempt to revive their working relationship.

Irish Independent

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