Arsenal considering bid for disgruntled Man Utd striker Rooney

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering using part of the £70m transfer kitty he will be given this summer on bringing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to the Gunners, the Daily Mail has reported.

It was confirmed by outgoing United manager Sir Alex Ferguson that Rooney recently handed in a transfer request – one that was rejected by the club – but the England international’s future at Old Trafford remains unclear. Rooney’s former Everton boss David Moyes is replacing Ferguson at the helm but he and Rooney have had a storied past, involving legal action taken by Moyes over comments made by Rooney in his autobiography.

But the Mail claims Arsenal first discussed the possibility of signing Rooney as far back as March, having become aware then that Rooney was growing unhappy at United. However, while the potential transfer fee would not prove too large a stumbling block, the Gunners hierarchy are concerned they would not be able to offer Rooney an acceptable wage packet – Lukas Podolski is Arsenal’s highest-paid player on £100,000 per week, less than half Rooney’s remuneration package.

Arsenal are willing to raise their wage ceiling this summer, however, as they chase Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic and Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, but could be out-gunned by Chelsea in any move for Rooney. The Blues would not be under the same kind of wage constraints and could offer Rooney a heftier weekly wage.

Should Rooney move to the Emirates Stadium it would mark a role reversal from last summer, when Arsenal’s talismanic striker, Robin van Persie, left for United, going on to win the Premier League title in his first season.

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