And it's a move that the Red Devils simply must not make. Period.
John Cross at The Daily Mirror reports that Rooney has confided in his teammates that he wants to leave the reigning English champions to play for Bayern Munich, who are reportedly readying a very strong transfer bid for the England international this summer.
The Manchester United striker has grown increasingly frustrated with his role at Old Trafford. And now the German Champions League finalists are believed to be close to sealing a £30million deal to add the England striker to their star-studded line-up.
Rooney is thought to be flattered by the interest of a club which has won the Bundesliga this season and is being tipped to dominate European football for the next few years. He is also intrigued by the prospect of working with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, who will take over at Bayern in the summer.
The rumors aren't the first time that United have heard of Rooney's potential departure, but the link to Bayern Munich is a serious one for the English champions.
Bayern already boast one of the most incredible lineups in world football, and with the likes of Mario Gotze heading there in the summer transfer window, signing Rooney would simply be the icing on the cake.
They would be the pinnacle of world football, and there would be nothing that United (or any other club in the world) could do about changing that.
However, the Red Devils must not sell Rooney on a personal level given everything that the No. 10 brings to the Manchester club and their attack.
Having signed for Manchester United in 2004 for £24 million, Rooney has shown his skills as an attacker, but also as a playmaker. Particularly this season, with the arrival of Robin van Persie to United's attacking lineup, Rooney has become more and more of a No. 10 in the traditional sense—playing behind the main striker and operating as a playmaker and an assist man.
Obviously his striker background allows him to be a huge threat on goal as well, but his creative skills have been utilized primarily by the soon-to-be retired Sir Alex Ferguson this year.
That is believed to be one of the reasons behind Rooney's departure in the rumors, but it's hard to see that being any easier at Bayern Munich. Especially when their squad is even more packed with star talent and world-class strikers than United's, and his role in their team would be therefore less significant and important to what it is at Old Trafford.
Given the goals and skills that he's shown for United over the years, there's little doubting just how important he is to the Red Devils' attacking style and formation.
They do have Japanese international Shinji Kagawa who could play in behind van Persie, but he is not the same threat as Rooney. He doesn't have the out-and-out attacking skills of the England international and he doesn't press as far forward as Rooney does—or possess the same ferocity when tracking back in defense on opponents' midfielders.
Fortunately for United, these transfer rumors have also coincided with rumors that the club are close to agreeing on a new contract with the 27-year-old, according to the Daily Mail. For as the season that's not yet finished testifies to, Rooney is key to their success—both now and in years to come.
Selling him now would be simply ridiculous from United.
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