Arsenal and Chelsea awaiting outcome of talks between Rooney and Moyes over Man Utd future

Wayne Rooney and David Moyes are to speak on Tuesday regarding the player’s future at Manchester United, the Daily Mail has reported, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea among the clubs closely monitoring developments.

Moyes was officially installed as the new United manager on Monday, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson after Ferguson’s retirement at the end of the season, with the future of Rooney the first big question the new man has to answer, the newspaper claims.

Ferguson had claimed that Rooney issued a transfer request before the close of the campaign, something the Rooney camp denies, but Rooney is thought to be seeking reassurance over his role at United after spending time as a substitute under Ferguson last season. Rooney was also regularly withdrawn early from matches as concerns over his fitness persisted.

Moyes and Rooney have a storied past, with Moyes the Everton manager who gave Rooney his first team break, only for Rooney to leave Everton two years later after falling out with the manager. Rooney was then sued by Moyes for comments made in his autobiography.

The Mail claims Moyes wants Rooney to remain at Old Trafford but that Rooney has made up his mind to move on. If he is to leave the Premier League champions, Arsenal and Chelsea would offer Rooney the chance to remain in English football while Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid would attempt to take Rooney abroad. A fee of £35m has been mooted.

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