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United give Arsenal green light to sign Rooney

ROON-CELEBLONDON, England, July 7- Arsenal have reportedly been given the green light to make a formal offer for Man United striker Wayne Rooney following tentative discussions with representatives of the Man United striker.

The 27 year old made a verbal request to leave the Old Trafford side at the tail end of the last campaign and was subsequently left out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting eleven for the club’s last three Premier League fixtures of 2012/13, leaving many to ponder whether the former Everton man had a future at Man United.

Arsene Wenger has publicly stated his interest in Wayne Rooney and is ready to offer the England man a role as Arsenal’s central striking option, a position the Man United man lost following the arrival of Robin Van Persie at the club last summer.

Rooney is said to far prefer an orthodox striking role over the more withdrawn position he has been used in for much of the past year and is considering his options ahead of ‘clear-the-air’ talks with incoming boss David Moyes.

Earlier, The Guardian reported Arsenal have serious interest in the Real Madrid strikers Gonzalo Higuaín and Karim Benzema – one of whom is likely to be for sale this summer. Both are 25 and they comfortably fit the superstar profile.

Arsenal are not known for their willingness to spend £25m fees on £200,000-a-week players; their record signing is Andrey Arshavin at £15m, who will be released on 30 June at the end of his contract. But, when questioned about Rooney and the potential for deals at the very top end, Gazidis suggested that anything was now possible.

“We could do that, we could do more than that,” he said. “We have a certain amount which we’ve held in reserve and we also have new revenue streams coming on board. All of these things mean we can do some things which would excite you. We can think about all kinds of things.”

It is well documented how Arsenal have been constrained by the cost of their move to the Emirates Stadium in 2006 when they were compelled to lock themselves into long-term sponsorship deals that guaranteed money up front. Gazidis talked of having had “one hand tied behind our back”.

– Caught Offside and The Guardian

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