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Monaco want Roo?

Rooney-2Wayne Rooney is a target for Monaco, according to Vadim Vasilyev, the club’s vice-president and the closest adviser to the Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Monaco have monitored Rooney for over 18 months and, according to the Daily Telegraph, they were close to sign the United captain in the 2013 summer’s transfer window, with the prospect of offering him a tax-free deal, before Rooney eventually decided to commit his future to United by signing a new five-year deal worth £300,000-a-week in February.

Monaco, however, haven’t given up and Vasilyev insisted that the French club could soon launch another bid for a “top Premier League player”.

“One year ago, we were discussing one of the top players of the Premier League, a top English player,” Vasilyev said. “But it was on the table. This opportunity finally did not happen, but I think one day that it will come, that it will happen.”

“I wouldn’t really compare Monaco to any other club,” he said. “Our ambition is eventually to win the title of French champions. This is true. I will not give you a time frame, but we would like to do it as soon as possible. We would like to be one of the clubs that plays regularly in the Champions League I think we can play an important role on the European scene.”

It is, of course, unlikely that Rooney could leave Old Trafford, particularly now that he’s been named club captain by Louis Van Gaal, but Monaco are one of the few clubs that could afford to sign the England international.