Barcelona have entered the race to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney in the summer, according to the Sun. The striker is believed to be available for a sum of £25m and has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
The striker is set to have crunch talks with David Moyes over his future and will make a decision following the discussion. The 27-year-old is reportedly unhappy at having had to play second fiddle to Robin van Persie last season and is looking for assurances for a role as a second striker before penning a new deal.
However, Moyes is keeping his options open and is reportedly contemplating a bid for Edinson Cavani should they fail in their attempt to keep Rooney. A source close to the Sun reported that the Catalans are closely monitoring the situation and are willing to move for the player should he be made available.
"Rooney is precisely the type of attacker that would fit perfectly into the system. Defence starts from the front at Barca and Rooney works harder than anyone. His first touch, movement, control and vision are phenomenal and if he comes on the market then the club are certain to try to sign him," the source stated.
Barcelona, who have already bought Neymar this summer are looking to bolster their attack as they plan to reclaim their dominance in Europe. The Catalans were defeated 7-0 on aggregate by eventual Champions Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League last season and the Spanish Champions are looking to bolster their attack so as to make amends in the upcoming season.
Rooney is likely to come in for David Villa, who is expected to leave the club in the summer in search for more first team action. The England international made 27 appearances in the league last season, scoring 12 goals and assisting 10. However, his performance was a step down from his exploits in the season prior to last, where he scored 27 goals in 34 appearances, second only to current teammate van Persie during his time at Arsenal.