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Barcelona eyeing swap deal for Rooney amidst Manchester United’s petrifying stance

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Manchester United are set to toughen their handling of the want-away English forward, Wayne Rooney.

The Old Trafford outfit remain adamant that Rooney will not be sold this summer and plan to demand a formal transfer request, should the player and his agent try to engineer a move away.

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The 27-year-old has two years remaining on his lucrative £250,000 per wages contract and manager David Moyes is unwilling to part ways with the maverick star.

According to reports from Guardian, it is still unclear whether Rooney has held talks with his manager or not, but United camp are seemingly relaxed about the issue involving the player’s future.

The unsettled striker, who has been courted by both the cross-town London rivals, Chelsea and Arsenal, may also demand Moyes to confirm publicly that he has not submitted any formal transfer request, contrary to what was claimed by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Meanwhile, Catalan based newspaper Sport reports, that Barcelona are looking to land the former Everton striker and could throw David Villa in the mix, for a potential cash plus player swap deal.

Several Premier League clubs, including the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool have registered their interest in David Villa, but none of the aforementioned clubs are willing to fork out the quoted £9 million for the 31-year-old striker.

Barcelona are willing to negotiate a mutually beneficial deal with United over the transfer between the two players, and president Sandro Rosell could sanction a pay cheque of around €25 million for the striker

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