Thoughts on Wayne Rooney to Arsenal talk

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Wayne Rooney to Arsenal? Surely not?

One minute Wayne Rooney is said to have handed in a transfer request, the next a runaway train of transfer rumour has linked him to Arsenal.

The claim is made by Goal.com, who Arsenal fans may recall incorrectly stated Thierry Henry had agreed to rejoin Arsenal once again in 2013, which failed to come to fruition.

That alone will cause Gooners to question the validity of Arsenal's interest, while fan Piers Morgan tried to tempt him to the club with the Tweeted promise he 'would never call him Shrek again'.

But can it actually happen? Let's look at the facts and where we are presently.

Rooney remains under contract at Manchester United, and is claimed to have handed in a transfer request two weeks ago while Sir Alex Ferguson was still manager.

New United boss David Moyes shares a fractious history with him, and his future is certainly unclear, but with United reportedly rejecting said transfer request, Moyes may have the task of trying to persuade Rooney to stay.

Rooney is claimed to have removed the words 'Manchester United player' from his Twitter profile overnight, indicating Moyes may have a tough job on his hands.

If United want to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, a player like Rooney may have to be sold, so his future may depend on United's own transfer business before it is sorted out.

Certainly there is no official interest from Arsenal, and this report from Goal.com may just be flying in the wind.

The Mirror claimed last night Chelsea were interested in the striker, while Rooney's preference is believed to be joining Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

If Arsenal were to stand any chance of signing the player, it begins with securing Champions League football over the next fortnight, which they can do by virtue of winning their final two Premier League games.

Certainly Arsenal do have the cash at their disposal, with a rumoured £70 million transfer budget, boosted by a Premier League record kit deal signed with Puma this week.

Their top target is Stevan Jovetic who would come cheaper than Rooney, who would be an estimated £25-30 million, the price United paid for him. 

Given the stick Arsene Wenger received for selling Robin van Persie to a 'rival', he could undo that damage by signing Rooney, but surely it is the last thing David Moyes wants to begin his reign doing, knowing his former player could haunt him.

Rooney would add a dynamism to Arsenal's attack and is similar to Jovetic in his ability to drop deep or play as an out and out striker.

He guarantees goals and assists, and would have a point to prove, but ultimately Rooney would see it as a step down, for the fact Arsenal have not won a trophy for the past eight seasons.

That is one key reason we do not see the deal happening, along with our doubt over a genuine interest from Arsenal. Then there is the issue of his huge wages, which would have to take a substantial cut to move to the Emirates, or the club would have to break their wage structure.

While it could be a truly fascinating transfer move, don't expect it to be taking place this summer.

Arsenal fans what do you think? Would you want Rooney at the club?

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