Fabio Cannavaro admitted his Tianjin Quanjian side will not pursue a transfer for Wayne Rooney, amid widespread speculation the Manchester United veteran will soon be moving to China.
Recent reports claim that Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford has visited Beijing in an attempt to negotiate a move for the 31-year-old.
The Quanjian coach says that the English attacker would not fit into his system, however, revealing that they were more disappointed about a failed bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“We did make an approach for Rooney, but it was just chit-chat because he simply doesn’t suit our style of play,” Cannavaro said in an interview with Tianjin TV.
“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.”
Cannavaro iterated that securing Nikola Kalinić from Fiorentina remains a priority, yet his record of 11 Serie A goals so far this season has made the Croatian a prized possession.
“Our prime target is still Kalinic but it’s quite difficult for his club to let him leave at the moment,” he added.
“Under such circumstances, we are caught in a dilemma. I need to communicate with our managing director.”