Sir Alex Ferguson’s stunning confirmation yesterday that Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United understandably dominates the front and back pages today, and his likely destination is the question on everybody’s lips.
Manchester City are the overwhelming favourites to secure Rooney’s signature with the nation’s bookmakers. City’s financial largesse, and their location meaning the England ace would not need to relocate, make them an obvious choice.
Sky Bet has Sheikh Mansour’s new-look City leading the charge at odds of 9/4. Barcelona are second favourites on 9/2, followed by Real Madrid and Chelsea on 6/1 and 8/1 respectively. With a January exit widely expected, and Rooney currently sidelined with an ankle problem, which has lengthened United’s title-winning odds to 11/2.
Sky Bet‘s Dale Tempest told Teamtalk: “It’s no longer a case of if Rooney leave but when and who to. It won’t surprise anyone that City are the favourites.”
City in for Henderson.
It may seem like little more than a sideshow to the massive Rooney story, but Manchester City are set to fight fierce rivals United for the signature of Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson, according to Imscouting.com.
The 20-year-old midfielder broke into Sunderland’s first team last season and has impressed to the extent that City have already enquired as to his availability. However United are also on the case, with Sir Alex Ferguson and assistant Mike Phelan running the rule over the player from the stands during Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Blackburn on Monday.
While City could easily outmuscle United financially, the Steve Bruce connection and the presence of United striker Danny Welbeck on loan at the Stadium of Light means this would be far from an easy signing for the Eastlands club.
Terry backs City.
John Terry has not been the most popular of players among City supporters. He quite famously got on the wrong side of City left-back Wayne Bridge, then pulled out of a move to Eastlands at the eleventh hour. But Terry may have won a few friends with his comments in the wake of Chelsea’s 2-0 stroll away to Spartak Moscow.
“They have certainly got the players to win the title,” Terry told Talksport. “Any big side going there is going to find it difficult because City always raise their game and it’s probably the smaller sides they have found difficult to put away. But they certainly have the quality, we know that from the way they played against us.”