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COMMENTARY | Wayne Rooney's days with Manchester United could be numbered. The England international is said to be upset over comments made by new Manchester United manager, David Moyes. The newly appointed manager spoke about Rooney, and his role with the club on United's pre-season Asia and Australia tour. Moyes stated, "Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him."

These comments from Moyes seem a bit bizarre. With a reported rift between the manager and Rooney, one would imagine that if Rooney was to stay at United and play under Moyes, both the manager and the player would try to say all of the right things about each other to the press.

In wake of Rooney's comments on feeling "angry and confused" about Moyes' comments, Chelsea have reportedly made an offer for the striker. While the offer was quickly rebuffed from Manchester United, more offers for Rooney appear very likely.

With PSG signing Edinson Cavani, Manchester City closing in on Álvaro Negredo, Barcelona buying Neymar, and Real Madrid hoping to persuade Gonzalo Higuaín to stay, teams in the Rooney sweepstakes may be dwindling.

It seems as if Chelsea or Arsenal would be the two most likely of destinations for Rooney (if he were to leave Manchester United). Chelsea definitely has the money to be able to afford Rooney, and they appear in need of a striker. Chelsea's two main strikers, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba managed to score only 10 combined goals in the premier league last season.

Current Chelsea manager spoke about the Rooney bid, "I think that this situation is clear - nothing is a secret anymore. The official bid is just about a certain amount of money and doesn't involve players. We want the player. We made the bid and now we have nothing more to say. Now it's up to Manchester United."

While Chelsea seems to be the frontrunners for Rooney, Arsenal has also tabled a bid for the Manchester United striker as well. The Gunners are looking for a top striker, and Rooney would fit the bill. However, there are two big concerns for Arsenal in regard to Rooney. The first is whether or not Arsenal can afford Rooney (Arsenal's chief executive has stated that the Gunners can afford Rooney, but that remains to be seen), and secondly, does Rooney believe this Arsenal team has what it takes to win trophies.

With news coming out today that Manchester United's chief executive is flying back to England from the club's tour of Australia to handle transfer business, it may very well be an end to the Wayne Rooney transfer saga.

Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.

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