Wayne Rooney looks set to leave Man United this summer, after being left ‘angered and confused’ by comments from new boss David Moyes.
We examine six possible destinations for the England international striker.
Bankrolled by Russia billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev (above), the newly-promoted Ligue 1 club have a bottomless pit of cash available and – if rumours linking them with Brazilian Hulk are anything to go by – are still in the market for a striker despite landing Radamel Falcao for £50m.
Rooney was heavily linked with an AS Monaco transfer in May, but rumours appear to have quietened down somewhat recently.
The England international’s transfer fee and reported £250,000-a-week wages would not prove a problem for the Principality club but their lack of Champions League football might.
5. Man City
A move across Manchester would rank as one of the most controversial transfers of all time. United’s ‘noisy neighbours’ could afford Rooney and are in need of a striker after flogging both Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez since January.
But it would be a PR nightmare for United, and particularly new boss David Moyes, and there are no indications that new Etihad Stadium Manuel Pellegrini is a fan of the England international.
Rooney reportedly told team-mates he’d be interested in signing for Man City back in 2010, but it is hard to see the transfer happening now, with Pellegrini keen on other targets.