Fabio cannavaro confirms bid regarding Rooney and Aubameyang
Tianjin Quanjian boss Fabio Cannavaro has confirmed his club did hold talks over Wayne Rooney but said there are no plans to pursue a deal because he does not suit their style of play.
Manchester United captain Rooney, 31, has been strongly linked with a move to an unnamed Chinese Super League club in the British media and it has been reported in some newspapers that a transfer could be completed before the deadline on Feb. 28.
Rooney's time at United seems over after growing unhappy with his reduced role under Jose Mourinho. He has an offer worth £35million a year from the Chinese Super League, whose transfer window closes on Tuesday, but Cannavaro says talk of a move to his side was merely 'chit-chat'.
The 2006 World Cup winner added he would rather sign Nikola Kalinic, the former Blackburn striker now at Fiorentina, than the Manchester United and England captain and also had an attempt to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund turned down.
He told Tianjin TV that
"We did make an approach for Rooney and Aubameyang, For Rooney, it was just a chat because he simply doesn't suit our style of play. No further discussion was necessary. The truth is we had more frequent contact with Aubameyang. Unfortunately, our bid was rejected by Borussia Dortmund, who said he was needed in this season's Champions League."
United boss Mourinho was coy on Rooney's United future at a press conference on Tuesday ahead of his side's Europa League clash with St-Etienne. Rooney did not travel with the squad to France.
The United boss said :
‘Of course I can’t guarantee (he stays),I cannot guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?