Rooney could have his head turned by Monaco and PSG.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is likely to leave Old Trafford this summer, but interested club Arsenal face losing out to super-rich Ligue 1 pair AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Daily Star.
The Gunners have reportedly submitted a £20m bid for Rooney, but could be beaten to the Englishman’s signature by Monaco and PSG as the north London club don’t have the same sort of spending power.
The 27-year-old’s future at United continues to remain in doubt as the players report back for pre-training for the first time under new manager David Moyes.
One of Moyes’ first tasks will be to hold talks with the forward to discuss whether he wants to remain with the Red Devils or not and if Rooney does decide to leave the bidding war will begin.
Although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a £70m kitty to spend this summer on new players, the England international’s wage demands will be far beyond what the Gunners are used to sanctioning.
This issue could be where Wenger falls flat on the pursuit of Rooney, as both PSG and Monaco have extremely wealthy owners who have already forked out astronomical transfer fees and wages on new players in recent times.
Arsenal could simply not compete with the financial superiority of the duo and could face once again losing out on a top target because of money issues.
The club still look likely to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid however, but again will need to wrap it up quickly before a richer suitor tries to hijack another of their deals.