AS Monaco keen to sign Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney remains a target for French club AS Monaco as club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev insists a move "will happen", the Telegraph report.

Vasilyev, who is also a close friend and adviser to Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, has hinted that the club are chasing Rooney and that a deal will materialise one day.

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“One year ago, we were discussing one of the top players of the Premier League, a top English player,” Vasilyev told reporters. “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.”

Rooney signed new deal last season

Last season, the England captain has signed a five-year contract worth a reported £300,000-a-week to stay at Old Trafford. 

But Monaco, who lost two massive players in James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao to Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively, regard Rooney as one of the top players in world football and consider him a priority for the 2015 summer transfer window.

It was reported that Monaco had offered Rooney a tax-free wage deal during last summer's transfer window before he signed the long-term contract with United.

Monaco endure troublesome sumer

The departures of Rodriguez and Falcao were heavily criticised and questioned by the club supporters. Monaco's ambitions to topple Paris Saint-Germain as France's premier club has somewhat stalled. 

With club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev ordered to pay a record £2.7 billion to wife Elena Rybolovleva in divorce settlements, the French club had to minimize this season's transfer funds. 

“I wouldn’t really compare Monaco to any other club,” Vasilyev added. “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.”

And Vasilyev believes that United and England captain, Rooney, is the man to lead the resurgence of the French club.

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