Transfer news

Wenger hints at Rooney interest

June 3, 2013
By ESPN staff

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Al Jazeera that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is an "interesting player" amid uncertainty over the England international’s future.

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Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed at the end of last season that Rooney had a second transfer request in three years turned down by the club.

The forward is to be reunited with David Moyes this summer, with the pair having fallen out in the past, and it has been speculated whether Rooney could be sold by the new Red Devils boss.

Paris-Saint Germain and Bayern Munich have both been mooted as interested parties, as have Arsenal - with Wenger confirming he is an admirer Rooney's ability.

"Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?" he told Al Jazeera.

"David Moyes' first challenge is to go in to Manchester and bridge the gap between him and Rooney. If that is feasible or not depends on his personality and if Rooney bears a grudge or not, we will see.

"It will be interesting to see how that will be handled."

Wenger was also asked about Cesc Fabregas, who has had a mixed time at Barcelona since leaving the Gunners in 2011, with the Spaniard struggling for a consistent place in the side.

"I think at the moment he's lacking the confidence of being a regular player," the Frenchman added. "Recently he has not been that.

"Cesc is such a passionate player, a player of such quality, that it must hurt him not to play in every single game. That's what he misses. When you come in and out you never play with full confidence."