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Barcelona are considering sending Thiago Alcantara, David Villa and a small sum of cash to Old Trafford to help lure Wayne Rooney to Spain.
The Catalan giants are keen to strengthen their forward line despite already adding Neymar to the ranks this month.
Rooney, who watched from the Royal Box on Sunday as Andy Murray won the Wimbledon men's title, faces an uncertain future at Manchester United having submitted a TRANSFER REQUEST at the end of last season.
Full report in The Mail..............
Tempting - on one hand, Alcantra could shore up Man U's weak midfield area and Villa would be asset to any of the top 5 sides especially if he accepts a lesser role in the team or as a back-up striker on the bench. On the other hand, I think Rooney would struggle to force his way into the Barca side given the amount of attacking talents on the books already, so it could be a bad more for him. I still believe that an alternative Prem move is Rooney's best bet.
Verdict: If were Moyes, I'd accept Barca's offer straight away - send them a player who clearly doesn't want to be there in return for a player who's desperate for first team action in area where the side is currently lacking.
I find it hard to believe that Barca would go for Rooney. If any thing he would seem more like a Real Madrid signing and would fit better in their "system" than the passing heavy - striker light Barca model.
It would be interesting to see how Villa would do in the PL. I would not be surprised at all if he would struggle big time.