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Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has admitted he would not turn down the chance to sign unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney if the opportunity presented itself this summer.

Arsène Wenger has publicly confirmed his interest in signing Wayne Rooney, although Arsenal are well aware that they would struggle to satisfy the Manchester United striker’s likely wage demands.

Recruiting a proven world-class striker is Wenger’s transfer priority this summer and they are also tracking Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, who admitted on Sunday that he would be leaving the club this summer.

“Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?” Wenger told Al Jazeera.

“David Moyes’ first challenge is to go in to Manchester and bridge the gap between him and Rooney. If that is feasible or not depends on his personality and if Rooney bears a grudge or not, we will see. It will be interesting to see how that will be handled.”

Wages are an obvious issue, although Arsenal are willing to stretch their salary structure this summer.

It is understood that they could pay as much as £170,00-a-week to the right player, although that would still be short of what Rooney is currently paid at Manchester United. Cesc Fabregas’ situation at Barcelona is also of particular interest to

Arsenal given that they have first refusal if he does decide to leave this summer in frustration at a lack of first-team football. “I think at the moment he’s lacking the confidence of being a regular player,” said Wenger.

“Recently he has not been that. Cesc is such a passionate player, a player of such quality, that it must hurt him not to play in every single game.

That’s what he misses. When you come in and out you never play with full confidence.”

Source: Telegraph

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