Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger questioned on possibility of signing Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was coy when asked about recent press stories linking the north London club with a bid for Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.
The England international forward has handed in a transfer request at Old Trafford and although departing boss Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated that he would like the 27 year-old to stay, it will ultimately be incoming coach David Moyes who has the final say – and the pair have fallen out in the past, with events documented in Rooney’s autobiography.
That has led to wide speculation about where Rooney could actually go, with Arsenal the latest team to be linked alongside Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
The Gunners are known to be in the market for a new forward this season, with Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic thought to be the top target, but a move for Wayne Rooney would be quite a coup.
Twelve goals and thirteen assists in 27 Premier League appearances this season are a respectable tally for a player who played part of the campaign in midfield, and rarely as an orthodox striker.
Perhaps the opportunity to be coached by Arsene Wenger after Sir Alex Ferguson would also be an incentive to move to Emirates Stadium, but the Gunners boss was giving little away when queried about the prospective deal in his pre-match press conference.
“Look, I’m not in a position today to speak about any transfer targets,” said Wenger to the Daily Mirror, having happily discussed players earlier in the season.
“What I am focused on is the short term and after the Newcastle game I give you answer about these questions.”
Wenger was then pressed further about the likelihood of such a big name leaving Manchester United for Emirates Stadium, and said with a smile: “I just told you!”