Reports from Spain have indicated that Barcelona are considering a move for Manchester United and England superstar Wayne Rooney.
While there is certainly an element of ‘fantasy’ about the transfer [Sport, via Bleacher Report], it is not infeasible, and indeed, has been considered in the past.
Back in 2013, Barcelona looked at Rooney when the forward’s future under then-United boss David Moyes appeared uncertain and are believed to be weighing up a move for the former Everton man once again.
But would Rooney fit in at Barca?
His ex-teammate Gerard Pique certainly thought so when asked about a potential switch for the England star two years ago.
“I know he has what’s needed to be one of the three best players in the world. He’d fit well with Barcelona,” the World Cup winner began, speaking to the Mirror.
“He can adapt to many positions. He’s best as the centre-forward, but we have even seen him on left or right side.
“He is very versatile, strong, fast, has great technique. I don’t think he would have any problems adapting.”
Certainly, Rooney has the aforementioned qualities—all vital for any potential success at the Nou Camp—but the team’s first XI is different now to how it was back in 2013.
Since then, Luis Suarez and Neymar have both joined the side to become key figures in an attacking line alongside Lionel Messi, firing the Catalan giants to top spot in the Spanish table in the process.
With this magnificent trident firing Real up to top spot in the Liga BBVA table, would there be any place for Rooney in the club’s starting line-up?
With the forward now appearing more content with his lot at Old Trafford, would he really accept the uncertainty of a switch to a Barca side where he would be unlikely to feature in the offensive line?