There was a lot of speculation about the future of Wayne Rooney after he was dropped to the bench for the Champions League match against Real Madrid at Old Trafford, even though he did manage to get 15 minutes at the end of the match. Whilst Sir Alex Ferguson made the usual noises about Rooney not being sold next summer, the mood may well change as the summer transfer window opens up. There are quite a number of top ranked players making it clear that they are on the lookout for pastures new, so it would not be a surprise to see Manchester United busy in the market, especially in its early stages, which is their usual modus operandi.
Whilst there are constant rumblings about Robert Lewandowski who currently plays at Dortmund, going to United in the summer, there are also suggestions being leaked out by agents that Ibrahimovich may be looking for a new club. Losing him would be a blow for the future of PSG, but they could soften that blow by replacing him with Rooney. Rooney is still only 27 and entering the peak years of his career. However, Ibrahimovich is now 31. It is for that reason that I personally do not see any legs in this story.
Regarding Lewandowski, it now appears that his original wish to become a Manchester United player this summer has been tempered somewhat by the arrival and immediate success of Robin Van Persie, who plays in the same position. Lewandowski`s agents have stated that he will not move to a club to sit on the bench, so unless Rooney does go, it would appear that any move for Lewandowski is a non-starter.
One other piece of news from Germany is that Bayern Munich, whilst having limped through against Arsenal last night, are unhappy with their striking options. Last night’s match emphasized that starkly, as they huffed and puffed but could not break down an Arsenal defence which has leaked goals all season. Evidently, they are watching matters at Old Trafford very keenly, and any sense that Rooney is looking abroad will result in a major move by Bayern for the player.