Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has spoken to CNBC about his wish for the Gunners sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United this summer.
Usmanov’s Red and White Holdings owns 29.9 per cent of Arsenal, whilst Stan Kroenke boasts a 66.7 per cent share of the Premier League club and the Uzbek has no say currently at all at the Emirates.
In an interview with the American broadcaster, Usmanov, Arsenal’s second biggest shareholder, first discussed how he would not involve himself in speculation over the transfer or purchase of players, only to immediately contradict himself by talking up a move for Rooney.
Usmanov told CNBC:
Arsene knows better than me what should be done. Of course, we as shareholders point to some drawbacks in the management of the club but he is a great coach and the club is progressing in the commercial sense.
He is a great player and [joining Arsenal] would be great for Rooney, and Arsenal too.
Usmanov has a long standing media relationship with CNBC after the Uzbeki billionaire told the network back in December 2012 of his “dream” to control the Premier League club and what he would do should such a situation ever arise.
Claims that Arsenal are chasing Wayne Rooney are nothing new, after The Guardian splashed the backpage of their broadsheet with the inviting headline ”Arsenal can afford to sign Rooney, claims bold Gazidis” at the start of June 2013.
Wayne Rooney played 37 games for club and country last season, scoring 22 goals and chalking up 14 assists.
Video of all Wayne Rooney’s goals for Manchester United in 2012-13 can be seen below.