Wayne Rooney will be hoping to add some new faces to his Derby County side this summer after missing out on talented Reims midfielder Marshall Munetsi in January.
According to RMC Sport journalist Loic Tanzi, The Rams did make a loan offer with a view to buy the 24-year-old midfielder in January. However, the deal did not materialise and since then Munetsi has gone on to shine in France’s Ligue 1.
The Zimbabwean is a strong holding midfielder who possesses a powerful running style and great ability with the ball at his feet.
Since returning from injury Munetsi has seen his side go on an impressive six game unbeaten run including a 1-1 draw against French giants Lyon in recent weeks.
Munetsi has also been capped 19 times by his country Zimbabwe and was handed his debut by the national side aged just 21.
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Unfortunately for Derby and Rooney it appears that Munetsi is a key part of Reims plans going forward and any deal to sign the talented 24-year-old would have to involve a sizeable transfer fee.
The former Orlando Pirates midfielder has been in fantastic form and has won two MOTM awards in recent weeks including being named in Ligue 1’s team of the week for Matchday 29.
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Derby have struggled with midfield options since Krystian Bielik suffered another ACL injury back in January. The Rams managed to scramble a last-minute deal to bring in Everton midfielder Beni Baningime on loan until the end of the season, but he wasn’t Rooney’s first choice.
Rooney will certainly be looking to add his stamp to the Derby County squad this summer and we should expect to see several changes to his current squad, including signings and departures.
The former Manchester United and England star is an ambitious manager and will certainly be looking to bring in some star quality to gain Derby promotion next season.
If Rooney can prize Munetsi away from Reims, which won’t be an easy task, he is certainly someone who Derby fans should be excited about.
He’s young, powerful and has great technique and should fit in really well to the style of the Championship.