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Qataris want Wayne Rooney to join Beckham at PSG

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Text by Stéphanie TROUILLARD

Latest update : 2013-02-27

France’s Ligue 1 leader Paris Saint-Germain could make Manchester United an offer for star striker Wayne Rooney at the end of this season, British daily The Times has reported.

Less than two weeks after signing David Beckham, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) may be ready to add another British football icon to its roster. The French club is interested in striker Wayne Rooney, and could make Manchester United a tempting offer for the player this summer, according to the British press.

“The French league leaders want to sign another star forward to strengthen their burgeoning attacking options and have identified Rooney as a potential target to partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” The Times daily revealed on Wednesday.

The newspaper added that the value of the transaction remained unclear, but floated the figure of 46 million euros. That sum would make Rooney part of the most expensive transfer in PSG and France’s Ligue 1 history.

Rooney, 27, will have two years remaining on his current contract with Manchester United at the end of this season. While he has won the England Player of the Year award twice in the past five years, the level of his game has been questioned by some football commentators.

He has worn the Red Devil’s jersey for seven consecutive seasons and represented England in 79 international matches since 2003, but Rooney has been outshined at Man Utd by Dutchman Robin Van Persie in recent months.

The Times said that the Qatari-owned PSG had also shown interest in Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, but added that the Portuguese forward is considered a more expensive investment than Rooney.

The Parisian club is leading France’s Ligue 1 championship after paying fortunes for some of the world’s top players –including Beckham, Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Thiago Silva– within the past two years.

Date created : 2013-02-27

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