Old Trafford striker on Bernabeu wish-list.
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REAL MADRID are prepared to go to war with Sir Alex Ferguson over Wayne Rooney.
The Spanish club are adamant they can land the unhappy Manchester United striker. But they will wait until the end of the season to make a concrete move because Jose Mourinho has ruled out any bid in January.
Rooney has sparked a war of words with boss Fergie over his phantom ankle injury which the United manager has blamed for his key striker for missing games.
The England hitman has suggested the injury is a figment of Fergie’s imagination – which puts him on collision course with his manager.
Madrid have already made it clear that Rooney is their main £75m summer target. And they are prepared to play the long game and to lure him away – in the same way they landed Cristiano Ronaldo.
Madrid sources said last night: “There is no haste in the subject. It is something which can be completed at the end of the season. We know Rooney has not signed a new deal. Real are ready for the battle with Alex Ferguson. They know what to expect, they have been down this road before.” (Daily Star)
Could Real Madrid pull off another major Old Trafford raid? It seems that Jose Mourinho has set his sights on the England man and has the transfer budget to seal the deal and it seems that although Manchester United would fight off any interest if Wayne Rooney himself forced the issue then presumably, much like with Cristiano Ronaldo, the Premier League would relent and accept any high offer.
Do supporters feel that a move is a distinct possibility or is this merely paper talk?