Real Madrid is ‘obsessed’ with signing Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney but would need to fork out £80 million or more to do so according to former President Ramon Calderon. Madrid have spent £250m assembling a team with stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Xabi Alonso, were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek by French side Lyon.
Current president Florentino Perez has been linked with potential moves for Jose Mourinho to replace manager Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester United striker Rooney.
Calderon said that “It seems that it’s an obsession for the president to go for Rooney. I imagine Manchester United wouldn’t like to lose a player like him. Sometimes it’s a point of money and if there is a proposal maybe there will be a deal. You have to take into account that the most important thing is what a player wants to do”
Ronaldo was a good signing. He is one of the best, is a total professional and is doing a really good job for Madrid. I don’t know if it’s possible to spend another 100 or 80 million more euros. I imagine in that case Manchester United would have to sell”
Asked on BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme if Ronaldo regretted his move to Madrid, Calderon added “I don’t think so. He did what he wanted to do, he came to a big club. The idea was to win everything but you can’t buy everything with money. Even though you think you’ve got a lot of very good players together, that’s not the same as having a good team”
United are unlikely to even consider such an offer – if it’s ever made, while Rooney himself has never expressed any desire to go anywhere else. Should the thought cross his mind however, a quick phone call to Ronaldo should be all that’s needed for him to be convinced that while the grass always looks greener elsewhere, nowhere does it have the same emerald vibrancy than it does at Old Trafford.
Is there any amount of money that United SHOULD accept for Rooney?