Barcelona are ready to pounce at the chance to sign Manchester United star Wayne Rooney should the player ask to leave the English club this summer.
Rooney’s name has hit the headlines after lurid allegations about his relationship with a prostitute, and the Spanish champions may be prepared to offer the tormented England international an escape route from Manchester.
A Barcelona source told The Mirror: “Rooney’s position is worth monitoring if things become increasingly difficult for him in England.
“There is no move imminent but, if his problems increase, and he looks to get away from England, we’d certainly make our interest known.”
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his concerns about Rooney’s apparent inability to cope with the situation
Fergie said: “He is realising what it means to be at the centre of media attention for non-football related questions. I don’t think the boy can turn a corner at the moment without a camera on him.”
Real Madrid have also been linked with Rooney, as their coach Jose Mourinho is known to be an admirer of the United striker’s talents.