Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been targeted as the next “Galactico” to sign for Real Madrid in the summer transfer window of 2010.
Spanish newspaper Marca has published this outlandish claim today and added that former Manchester United team mate Cristiano Ronaldo is eager to bring Rooney to the Bernabeu.
The Portuguese winger is quoted as saying: "It would cause a sensation in Madrid. It would be brilliant if it came."
Wayne Rooney is contracted to Manchester United until the end of season 2011/2012 and it would be a major surprise if Sir Alex Ferguson were to allow the England striker to leave Old Trafford.
This season Rooney has scored 12 goals in 20 appearances for Manchester United and is expected to lead the line in the Premier League match at Hull City this afternoon.
Marca also suggest that Real Madrid have a shortlist of three potential "Galacticos," Rooney, David Villa of Valencia and Sergio Aguero of Atletico Madrid.