Old Trafford side show interest in Etihad Stadium star.
The Daily Mirror today reports on a stunning player swap deal that is said to have been on the agenda prior to Sir Alex Ferguson’s recent retirement.
The Man United boss, having been informed of Wayne Rooney’s decision to leave the club a few weeks ago, had considered using the England man to aid his pursuit of Man City keeper Joe Hart, who had fallen out with Roberto Mancini and was seen by the Scot as a viable target due to the uncertainty around his future under the Italian.
However with Mancini having now been axed and David Moyes now in place as Ferguson’s successor it would appear any such deal is now off the table.
Rooney has subsequently denied he asked for a move away from Man United though one would have to wonder why Sir Alex Ferguson, or indeed anyone else at the club, would fabricate such a demand. This is after all not the first time the 27 year old has made such a request.
Wayne Rooney issued a pubic statement in August 2010 stating his intention to leave the club, only to be persuaded by Sir Alex Ferguson to stay, persuasion that was no doubt aided by a massive wage increase.
Hart has had a mixed season at Man City, impressing in the main but also making glaring errors that had led to public criticism from Mancini.
This source states that Hart is happy to remain at the club who are set to appoint Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss.