Wenger insists Rooney could arrive at Arsenal, but Fabregas set for Barca stay
Arsenal are no longer the frontrunner in the race to sign in Wayne Rooney, although Manchester United manager David Moyes continues to suggest that the England international is happy to stay with the Premier League champions. Chelsea are slowly taking control of the situation with a bid on the striker already in place.
Meanwhile, the Emirates boss Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal will be able to pay the salary of Wayne Rooney should the club be able to sign in the English forward. Arsene Wenger also revealed that Manchester United’s attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas would bring them nothing as the Spaniard has no intentions of leaving Barcelona.
In a press conference after Arsenal’s 7-1 victory over Vietnam XI in Hanoi, Arsene Wenger informed that Arsenal were still in the race to sign in Wayne Rooney, although the striker has been heavily linked to Chelsea as of late.
Arsene Wenger claims that following Robin van Persie’s arrival at Manchester United, he won’t be surprised to see Wayne Rooney move into another club soon.
“It happened to us last year and it can happen to them,” Arsene Wenger told reporters. “Rooney is under contract and has two years to go so it’s United who make the decision. But we would not have a problem with the wages of Rooney.”
Arsene Wenger also talked about the possibility of signing in Cesc Fabregas. Manchester United are keen on signing in the former Arsenal captain, but their attempts are being rivaled by the Gunners. The French boss, who was once very close to Cesc Fabregas, told reporters that 26-year-old Spain international had decided to extend his stay at Barcelona for another year.
“Fabregas has decided to stay one more year at Barcelona,” Arsene Wenger said. “Unless he has changed his mind, I don't know... but that's what I've been told. We have the [first-option] clause in the contract so we would be on alert but at the moment that's not something we're after.”
According to reports, Cesc Fabregas is unhappy with the amount of on-field time he is being given. The unhappy midfielder has had chat with Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova about his situation. Reportedly, the attacking midfielder is uninterested in inking an extension contract.