i think it was played out as a pantomime in public and the reality was markedly different behind the scenes. rooney's recent interview with bellew is probably the most honest version to date, but even then it's only one part of the truth.
i believe the club needed to bring in money - probably to cover outgoings and fund other transfers as we had a ton of outgoings that year. also bear in mind that the year we sold rooney we brought in cahill and arteta (as well as bent and beattie) and then finished 4th. i dread to think where we'd be as a club without cahill and arteta.