Sunday, 2 June 2013

ARSENAL CAN’T AFFORD ROONEY


DAILY STAR SUNDAY
ABOVE: Arsenal are struggling to find a way to pay Wayne Rooney's £250,000 a week wages
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The Daily Star Sunday exclusively revealed the Gunners' ambitious interest in the England striker.
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2nd June 2013

By Paul Hetherington

ARSENAL are struggling to put together a financial package to tempt Wayne Rooney away from Man United.

The Daily Star Sunday exclusively revealed the Gunners' ambitious interest in the England striker.

But we also reported that wages of up to £250,000-a-week were a potential stumbling block.

That is proving to be the case, although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's transfer budget means a fee of £25million would not be a problem.

Sources close to Rooney, though, insist wages look to be an issue.

PSG remain interested and personal terms should not be a problem there, with the French club bankrolled by Qatari money.

Rooney, though, faces Brazil here today with his club future still in doubt after former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he had asked for a transfer at the end of the season.

That is privately denied by the Rooney camp.

The feeling within Old Trafford is that Rooney is likely to start next season as a United player under his former Everton boss David Moyes.

Meanwhile, Arsenal were hit by another transfer blow with Gonzalo Higuain deciding to snub them and join Juventus instead.

The Gunners were keen to land the Real Madrid misfit and were prepared to offer around £18m.

Juventus, though, bid more than £21m for the Argentina star, who hit 15 goals in 27 league games for Real this season.

Wenger missed out on the likes of Juan Mata and Gary Cahill in recent transfer windows because the club refused to meet the asking price - and that pattern has continued with Higuain
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