The last time England engaged in a major battle with France, the year was 1815, Napoleon was Emperor and men still wore powdered wigs.
Anglo-French hostilities may be reopened this summer, though, with the news that Wayne Rooney could possibly try and engineer a move away from Manchester United with Paris Saint-Germain a possible destination.
Sir Alex Ferguson is notoriously secretive about his transfer plans and this could possibly be just another example of the tabloids imaginations running wild, but what if there is a grain of truth to it? What next for the former golden boy of Manchester?
It seems that the Qatari-backed PSG have the green light to make a move for Rooney in the summer and, with the potential fee being quoted as around the £25 million mark, there should be no barriers to a deal for the Ligue 1 big spenders. It’s now just a question of does Rooney see his future in France or does he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford?
Admittedly, Rooney hasn’t been at his best this year scoring only 12 league goals as opposed to the 27 he scored last year, however, the player himself has pointed to this difference as being caused by him having to play a deeper role this season. Ferguson has made a point of playing Rooney deeper behind more predatory forwards such as Robin Van Persie and Javier Hernandez as he obviously sees them as more effective in the forward role. Therefore, if Ferguson sees Rooney as unable to perform the role he was bought for, does this sound the death knell for the strikers Manchester United future?
In my opinion, yes.
Amid all the rumors of Rooney’s fitness not being up to scratch and Ferguson being concerned with the strikers body mass index, Ferguson has always been quick to defend Rooney from media allegations, but there are signs that the managers patience has run out and better options are now available.
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and Columbian center forward Radamel Falcao continue to be linked with moves to Old Trafford and should Ferguson wish to offload Rooney then he would surely be able to command a minimum fee of £25 million for the star to immediately reinvest on a replacement.
This potential deal suits both PSG and Manchester United for two main reasons. Firstly, Ferguson gets a good price for a player on the slide and potentially strengthens his squad with another world class forward. Secondly, from PSG’s perspective, they get not only a quality player, but another high profile marketing apparatus to run alongside the David Beckham public relations machine.
Selling Rooney suits both PSG and Manchester United. The only question left now is does it suit Rooney?