Wayne Rooney out for dream duo of Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas
Moyes saw his side notch a thumping 5-1 victory over an A-League All Stars team in Sydney’s Olympic Stadium yesterday. Danny Welbeck and Jesse Lingard both scored twice, with Robin van Persie adding a fifth.
And the manager still believes he will be successful in the chase for former Arsenal star Fabregas with an increased bid of more than £30 million.
There is growing optimism within the club that they can also beat Real Madrid to the sensational signing of Tottenham’s double player of the year, Gareth Bale.
Moyes has the go-ahead to bid £70million for the Welsh wizard, who has indicated a keenness to make the switch from London to the North West rather than move to Spain.
Spurs are desperate to hang on to Bale at least for another season, but United believe they have the momentum – especially with Bale hero-worshiping his fellow countryman Ryan Giggs who now has a coaching role under Moyes.
Former Everton players Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini are also on United’s signing radar.
The club is also aware of a growing fans’ backlash against the player, some of whom became disenchanted over Rooney’s desire to leave in October 2010 before being handed his current £250,000-a-week deal.
Sunday Express Sport can reveal that Chelsea’s opening bid for the 27-year-old at the beginning of last week was £23 million.
It was turned down but United fully expect Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho to be back with an increased offer.
It is believed that United’s current stance over the England player – insisting he isn’t for sale – is a ploy to make Rooney ask for a transfer, knowing he has become frustrated at Old Trafford and believes his future is with Mourinho’s side.
A transfer request would publicly endorse the fact that Rooney no longer wants to represent the Premier League champions.
Arsenal also want Rooney if they fail in their audacious £35 million attempt to land Liverpool’s unsettled striker Luis Suarez, but the player wants to join Chelsea.
It could prove to be an important few weeks at Old Trafford – and is the reason why new chief executive Ed Woodward cut short his stay with the team who are currently in Australia
Moyes said after yesterday’s win in Australia that he was looking forward to playing “mind games” with Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and other Premier League bosses.
The Scot and his new club have been forced to spend the week reiterating that Rooney was not for sale after the England striker was reported to be feeling “angered and confused” by comments his manager made last weekend.
Mourinho then came in with a bid for Rooney.
Asked whether he was looking forward to similar “mind games” with managers such as Mourinho in the season ahead, Moyes said his upbringing predisposed him to it.
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