Gunners to challenge Chelsea for Rooney’s signature.
Arsenal are set to renew their interest in Manchester United’s unsettle star Wayne Rooney, with Chelsea struggling to complete a deal for the England striker – reports the Daily Telegraph.
The Blues have seen two bids for Rooney rejected by United, with new Red Devils boss David Moyes adamant the player is not for sale.
The Gunners were credited with an interest in Rooney earlier this summer and could bid for the forward after Liverpool chairman John W. Henry insisted Arsenal’s top target Luis Suarez will not be sold for any price.
Arsene Wenger is under pressure to spend this summer, with the Arsenal boss reportedly boasting a £70m transfer kitty.
The Frenchman admitted after Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday that his squad was “a little bit thin” and he still has not given up on landing Suarez.
But Yaya Sanogo, the 20-year-old free transfer from Auxerre, has been the club’s only purchase this off-season.
Rooney is unsettled at Old Trafford and rumoured to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
But United seem determined not to sell the 27-year-old to a title rival.
The author of the Daily Telegraph article, Jeremy Wilson, added on twitter that Arsenal’s move for Rooney was unlikely, but said it remained possible if United adopted an ‘anybody but Chelsea’ policy:
Rooney obviously a long shot for Arsenal but could just be feasible if Man U adopt an anybody but Chelsea stance
— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) August 9, 2013