Man City rule out Rooney swoop

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Wayne RooneyPA PhotosWayne Rooney is no closer to knowing his future.

Where will Wayne Rooney end up if he parts ways with Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer?

It will not be Manchester City, according to the Sun newspaper. It is claimed City are not interested in making an offer for the striker, despite manager Roberto Mancini publicly declaring his admiration for Rooney in the past. Instead, Napoli's Edinson Cavani and Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao remain City’s top priorities in the transfer market due to the preferences of director of football Txiki Begiristain.

So, which clubs are left in the race for Rooney’s signature after the England international was dumped to the bench for United’s Champions League defeat against Real Madrid?

Paris Saint-Germain are continually linked with Rooney, while Real and Barcelona could also afford the reported £35 million transfer fee. However, the Daily Mail insists Bayern Munich are not in the running after making their decision to target Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski. Reports suggest the two Bundesliga clubs have reached an agreement over the Polish striker, leaving United without one potential buyer for Rooney, and their preferred replacement for him should he leave.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has also been linked with a move away from the Premier League in recent months, but the Sun reports the divisive striker has been the beneficiary of a generous new deal to keep him at Anfield for the foreseeable future. It is believed Suarez will now be paid £120,000-a-week after triggering a number of clauses in his incentive-based contract.

Suarez has missed just one game this season, scoring 21 goals in 27 Premier League appearances in arguably his most impressive season since moving from Eredivisie giants Ajax two years ago.

At the other end of the spectrum, Arsenal are hoping to land themselves a bargain buy this summer, the Daily Mirror says. Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo is in Arsene Wenger’s sights, with the Gunners boss keen to bring the striker to the Premier League from Ligue 2. Sanogo is on the comeback trail after suffering a double leg break, but has shone since his return, netting seven goals in as many games.

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