Ancelotti plans Real raid for Man United’s Rooney

Carlo Ancelotti could be set to offer Wayne Rooney a path out of Manchester United if he takes over as Real Madrid manager this summer as expected, reports The Mirror.

Rooney has been heavily linked with a move away from the Red Devils, but recently had a transfer request turned down by the club.

However, former Chelsea boss Ancelotti is expected to replace Blues-bound Jose Mourinho and is thought to have made the England striker a top target when he takes the helm.

Ancelotti’s current employers, Paris Saint-Germain, are keen to keep the Italian, but it is expected that Real will come in with a big offer to tempt the 53-year-old to Spain.

It is also believed that he would be particularly keen to retain the services of Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, and this deal could see Rooney and Ronaldo reunited at Real Madrid.

The pair were also involved in a famous incident at the 2006 World Cup when Rooney was sent off during a quarter final fixture against Portugal, with Ronaldo believed to have goaded the referee into producing the red card. Rooney, however, instantly insisted he was not annoyed with his team-mate.

Sources close to Rooney indicate their belief that his wish is to ideally remain at Old Trafford, but has indicated his wish that if he is to leave it would be to Real Madrid, further giving Ancelotti hope that a deal could be completed.

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