Shocked Manchester United fans today heard that PSG official Michel Moulin, a former advisor at PSG in 2008, is now running a French media outlet called Le Sport 10, and appeared on French television to claim that Rooney was heading to the Parc des Princes in the summer. "I announce to you from trusted sources - Rooney to PSG is done. He will be at PSG next season." This `announcement` follows comments by club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he was interested in signing Rooney.
These comments and others from PSG players like Ibrahimovich and Thiago Silva making tangential remarks alluding to Wayne Rooney moving to PSG in the summer. Of course, I broke the story last week that Manchester United had made early moves to clinch the deal to bring Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid. Some people put two and two together and made five, by thinking that it would be a swap for Rooney. However, I can tell you that it will be Nani who is sold as the makeweight to Atletico plus another £20m to make the Falcao transfer. Spanish sports newspaper even made the claim that Manchester United had already paid a small deposit to secure the strikers signature next summer.
All of these comments are fuelled by Rooney being played in midfield against Stoke City on Sunday, with Hernandez and Van Persie playing up front in the strikers roles. Moreover, those close to Rooney say that he was incensed by being left out of the Real Madrid match in the Champions League. Sir Alex and his backroom staff are becoming increasingly concerned by Rooney’s erratic performances this season and there have been worries about his overall fitness. A few years ago, Sir Alex took him out of the squad and sent him to America for a two weeks fitness regime.
It has become apparent that there will be some major changes in staff at Old Trafford this summer. Manchester United have secured some very lucrative sponsorship deals in the last few months and their launch on the NYSE has now been a success, with the club being valued at around $3bn. This has meant that Sir Alex will have a large amount of funds at his disposal and these will not contravene the FFP rules as it is earned income.
It looks like being a very interesting Summer transfer window.