Wayne Rooney is likely to sign a new contract to extend his Manchester United career this summer, despite suggestions from France that Paris Saint-Germain have concluded a deal for the player.
It is understood that PSG’s Qatari owners would be interested if Rooney came on to the market, though they do not believe that situation will arise, or that Sir Alex Ferguson would sanction the sale of one of his top players to a potential Champions League knock-out stage rival.
The relationship between Rooney and Ferguson does appear to have thawed since the player was omitted from the starting line-up for the Champions League tie with Real Madrid last month and the prospects of contract talks beginning this summer are strong.
There do not appear to be any plans to move for a striker to present Rooney with competition for places, contrary to suggestions of the club scouting Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao. There are no plans to move for Falcao.
The latest round of speculation about Rooney’s future was triggered by an emphatic suggestion by Michel Moulin – who worked briefly as an adviser to PSG in 2008 – that a deal for Rooney was “done”. Moulin, owner of French weekly sports publication Le 10 Sport, said on French TV: “I announce to you from trusted sources: Rooney to PSG is done. He will be at PSG next season.” Rooney has been linked with the French club constantly in recent weeks, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva urging him to join them in Paris.
But despite Moulin’s certainty, the comments were widely discredited. Moulin launched his sports publication on the back of a freesheet ad paper, and it has no track record for original information.