New Manchester United manager David Moyes will tell Wayne Rooney that he will not stand in his way should he wish to leave the club when the pair meet up to discuss the striker’s future at pre-season training.
The former Everton boss who gave Rooney his first start back in 2002 hopes to keep the England international but will line up a deal for Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez should the striker hold fast on his supposed desire from last season to leave the club.
Rooney will also be keen to clear the air following Sir Alex Ferguson’s revelation that the striker asked for a transfer when the pair spoke last year with the player claiming he actually was requesting more playing time.
The player was outspoken in his frustration at being used out of position since the arrival of Robin van Persie but is thought to be happy to stay at the club should Moyes express a desire to keep him.
United had been linked with the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s centre forward Robert Lewandowski which would have been a blow to Rooney’s future at the club but their interest in that move has since cooled and Moyes will now only look to enter the transfer market for a striker should Rooney walk towards the exit.
The striker struggled last season to compete with Van Persie as well as Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, netting just 16 goals, but Moyes is believed to be keen to keep him in his plans.
Arsenal and Chelsea are both believed to be interested in Rooney’s signature but any bid from a Premier League side would not be entertained by club officials.
Outside of England, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich would be interested in signing the player but will wait on any movement from Rooney or United before making a bid and will concentrate on their current transfer targets until then.
Moyes is close to completing his first signing as United manager with Barcelona youngster Thiago Alcantara reported to have agreed a five year deal at the club for a fee in the region of £17million.
The signing marks somewhat of a coup for the Premier League champions as Barca had hoped that the player would resist any offers for his signing and had deployed players such as Xavi and gerard Pique to convince him to stay at the Nou Camp.