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Wayne Rooney Linked To Real Madrid

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The Telegraph are reporting a potential summer swoop.

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Shrek to Madrid?
Shrek to Madrid?
Scott Heavey

As it stands, Real Madrid have two "pure" strikers on their roster: Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata. However, The Telegraph is reporting that Real Madrid are throwing their hat in the ring and are lining up a potential £25m purchase of Wayne Rooney this summer. Rooney, of midtable club Manchester United, has been linked to Chelsea as of late given Chelsea's less-than-amazing strikeforce and Jose Mourinho's apparent admiration for the follically challenged striker. Madrid, allegedly, would prefer to purchase Kun Aguero or Luis Suarez's services but would be willing to settle for Rooney as a consolation prize.

Rooney is capable of playing as the #9 but also as a support striker behind the goal man. He has 11 goals and 12 assists in Premier League and Champions League play this season and usually puts in a good shift of work. His pass success rate is hovering slightly above 80 percent, he averages 2.5 key passes per game, has created 55 chances and is shooting slightly above 50 percent. However, he's not fantastic in the air, isn't defensively refined and is a disciplinary liability.

He's a scrapper so he's got that going for him over Big Benz, but honestly I'd rather have Benz's linkup play with CR and Bale, not to mention that their numbers are similar and Benz seems content playing third fiddle (something that Rooney would definitely have to get adjusted to). Madrid could probably use a solid #2 striker to compliment Benz, but I just don't see this happening as Chelsea will undoubtedly make a bigger move for Shrek. Most likely just another rumor floating around.