Arsenal are actively discussing a sensational move for Manchester United's wantaway striker Wayne Rooney. The Daily Mail says the club's backroom team first raised the possibility of a move for the England striker at a scouting meeting in March, having been alerted to Rooney's problems at Old Trafford.

The Gunners are serious about trying to land Rooney this summer but know putting together a financial package to land him is the major obstacle to a deal.

Lukas Podolski, Arsenal's top earner, is on just over £100,000 a week compared to Rooney's £250,000.

Manager Arsene Wenger has a £70million summer budget if they qualify for the Champions League so funding the transfer fee would not be a problem.