The Blockbuster Of All Blockbusters Gossip
We start today with a forward who is undoubtedly unhappy that he is considered second choice by his well-respected manager and a convenient injury has ruled him out of his club's pre-season tour. Two big European clubs are interested and a move could soon be on the cards. However, whether Roma or Lyon quite have the stature to attract Gervinho is open to question. The Daily Mail report that the Giallorossi 'have made a formal £6.9million offer for the Arsenal striker' and if this story wasn't compelling enough already, the
rag newspaper even raise the prospect of that rare beast known as a 'Player Plus Cash Blockbuster'. Lyon potentially offering Yoan Gourcuff plus cash in exchange for the 26-year-old could to be compared to the relatively low-budget Cloverfield on the Blockbuster scale but J.J. Abrams' 'monster thriller' was still a success at the US Box Office.
New Roma manager Rudi Garcia coached Gervinho for two seasons at Lille before he joined Arsene Wenger's side in 2011 and has not been put off by some of the Ivory Coast international's comically bad performances since he came to "Norf" London. Gervinho was ruled out of Arsenal's pre-season tour with 'sickness' but our very reliable sources inform us he is extremely unhappy at the one of the top Google searches for his name being 'Gervinho Forehead' and want wants to restore his reputation elsewhere as soon as possible.
A mind-blowing 'Player Plus Cash Blockbuster' involving Wayne Rooney would surely even interest Michael Bay regardless of who else was part of the deal, so hopefully the Daily Mirror come up with a sequel to their July 8th spectacular. Nearly all of England's newspapers feature a story on the England star's displeasure with David Moyes' comments that Man United will need him if they have an injury to Robin Van Persie. Rooney has taken this to mean he is second choice at the club and has thrown his toys out of pram really, by venting to Sky Sports. Yesterday reporter Kaveh Solhekol told Sky Sports News: "Rooney believes he is at the peak of his career and has no intention of becoming a squad rotation player or by playing second fiddle to anyone at Old Trafford. He believes he has nothing left to prove after nine successful seasons - yet that is what is being suggested by reports in the media which have interpreted the club's statement as meaning he's currently on trial for the coming season."
While Moyes could possibly have been more tactful, Rooney's response displays an unsurprising level of immaturity and probably some bad advice from his agent Paul Stretford. The 27-year-old's performances over the last two seasons have not been on the level of a £240,000-a-week player and his work-rate on the pitch seems to decline year by year. It's actually becoming increasingly difficult to take Rooney that seriously especially after reading the recent quotes from United's ex-fitness coach Mick Clegg. “Wayne didn’t see the importance of the gym really. He’d say, ‘I’m here to play football’. I always wish I could have pushed Wayne that bit further...Wayne was always a big lad and was afraid of bulking up if he spent too much time in the gym." This may have something to do with Rooney turning up overweight to pre-season in 2012.
UPDATE: The Daily Mail have answered the call and are reporting United rejected an opening bid for Rooney from Chelsea of £10 Million plus either David Luiz and Juan Mata.
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