The Premier League season still has ten games to go but already the big clubs are planning their transfer dealings for the summer.
The Mirror this morning reports that Wayne Rooney could be left as a spare part at Man Utd if a chain of transfers between Europe’s big clubs goes ahead as expected.
Sir Alex Ferguson is keen on Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski, and will try to tempt the Germans into selling with a bid of £18m. The Bundesliga side are resigned to the fact that they lose their Polish striker, and will just try to get the best price they can.
Dzeko to return to Bundesliga
If as expected, Lewandowski does join United, Dortmund will look to replace him with Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian rarely gets a start for City but still has an impressive goalscoring record from the bench. He is thought of highly in Germany from his time at Wolfsburg, and would be keen on a return to the Bundesliga.
City are willing to let Dzeko go for the right price as they hope to land either Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao or Napoli’s Edinson Cavani in what will surely be the biggest transfer of the summer.
Rooney running out of options
So if all these deals do go ahead, where does that leave Wayne Rooney?
It seems his days at United are numbered. Since the arrival of Robin van Persie last summer, Rooney has played a secondary role for United and his manager no longer sees him as indispensable. Sir Alex has lost patience and is willing to listen to offers for the 27 year old.
Rooney is said to be keen on a move to Barcelona but it is doubtful that the Catalans will want to spend the money required to sign him. Manchester City and Real Madrid have also ruled out a bid.
There are not many other top level clubs that would be able to afford the transfer fee required so Rooney doesn’t have a lot of options available to him. A reunion with his former skipper for England David Beckham at Paris Saint-Germain may be his most likely destination.