Real Madrid have employed Pini Zahavi to land them Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, it has been revealed. The Sun says the Spanish giants want football's best-known middle-man to try to negotiate a deal with Manchester United. And Roo is one of Real chief Florentino Perez's top summer targets.

A Madrid source said: "Zahavi has been told to do all he can to try to bring Rooney to the Bernabeu. The club are confident a deal can be done."

Speculation about the England striker's future has intensified following revelations about United's precarious finances.

Perez, who signed Cristiano Ronaldo from United in a world-record £80million switch last year, normally gets what he wants.

Employing Zahavi shows Real are serious in their pursuit of Rooney, 24.