|MANCHESTER UNITED REPORTEDLY READY TO SELL WAYNE ROONEY
SportingPreview.com: 7 March 2013
The Sun are claiming that Manchester United will listen to offers of £25million for striker Wayne Rooney, half what they would have expected for the England star a year ago.
Rooney, 27, was sensationally axed from United's Champions League starting line-up against Real Madrid on Tuesday night and with just over two years left on his current contract, The Sun say that the club are ready to accept a reduced fee because they believe they have seen the best years from a player they signed from Everton for £28m nine years ago.
The decision by boss Alex Ferguson to leave Rooney out of the Champions League line-up to face Real stunned the player and his advisors.
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Ex-England and United striker Michael Owen said: "For Rooney not to start on Tuesday was a real kick in the teeth."
Rooney, who has scored 140 goals in 271 games for United, is no longer the main striking option at the club with the arrival of Robin van Persie and The Sun also claim that Fergie now believes Danny Welbeck could be a better partner for the Dutchman.
Meanwhile, Sportsmail are reporting that Rooney is facing a desperate fight to save his United career as Ferguson continues to harbour grave doubts about his fitness and attitude.
Sportsmail say that the United manager believes Rooney has failed to get on top of the weight and fitness issues that have dogged him since the start of the season and is fed up with waiting for an improvement.
Sportsmail add that the Scot will not rule out selling him at the end of the season if the club can attract a bid of more than £20million.
Sources in both camps have apparently told Sportsmail that the relationship between the pair has been tense for some time and shows no signs of getting better and that senior players say privately that they can sense it at the training ground on a daily basis.
Mirror Sport are reporting that United will look to offload the striker this summer and say that he is rated at £35million.
They claim that United are willing to listen to offers for Rooney, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain poised to lead the chase for him.
Also that Rooney was said to be "furious" at Ferguson for leaving him out of the side that lost 2-1 to Real to exit the Champions League.
Michael Owen was quoted in The Sun.
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