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David McDonnell writes in The Mirror...
Be my right-hand Van
Wayne Rooney has admitted he is relishing the chance to partner Robin van Persie at Manchester United. United have had a £15million bid for van Persie rejected, with Arsenal holding out for a bigger fee for their captain and star striker. Sir Alex Ferguson has put pressure on Arsenal to make their minds up over van Persie, with the start of the new season just a week away. And United striker Rooney said he would welcome van Persie’s arrival at Old Trafford and believes the pair could form an effective partnership. “Of course he’s a player that I admire,” said Rooney. “He’s a fantastic player, he’s been amazing for Arsenal over many years. Last season was probably his best season of all, he scored a lot of goals. If he does come here he would be a great addition to the squad.” Asked if he and van Persie could play together, Rooney said: “I’d like to think so - but you’d have to ask the manager about that. There’s a lot of forwards here already with myself, [Danny] Welbeck, Chicharito and [Dimitar] Berba, who’s still here. So there’s a lot of forwards fighting for a place.”
The Mirror also report Tom Cleverley is likely to be in Roy Hodgson's next England squad, for the friendly against Italy on 15 August in Switzerland.
Meanwhile, The Times claims Wagner Ribeiro, agent of forward Lucas Moura, has revealed United had a deal in principle agreed with Sao Paulo before Paris Saint Germain pounced to lure the Brazilian to Ligue 1.