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Chinese club, Tianjin Quanjian confirm they approached Rooney

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Tianjin Quanjian head coach, Fabio Cannavaro, has revealed that he held talks with Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney, over a possible transfer.

Cannavaro says the Chinese Super League club had a “chat” with the England captain, but insists that Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic are higher priorities.

He told Tianjin TV: “We did make an approach for Rooney, but it was just chit-chat because he simply doesn’t suit our style of play.

“No further discussion was necessary. The truth is we had more frequent contact with Aubameyang.

“Unfortunately, our bid was rejected by Borussia Dortmund who said he was needed in this season’s Champions League.

“Our prime target is still Kalinic but it’s quite difficult for his club to let him leave at the moment.

“Under such circumstances, we are caught in a dilemma. I need to communicate with our managing director.”

The England media have reported that Rooney has made up his mind to leave Old Trafford after over 12 years.

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