Manchester United seem to have wrapped up their winter business, but they must now brace themselves for the possible departure of Wayne Rooney next summer.
The Sun report that the Manchester United and England captain is ready to leave his club this summer for one final mega-money deal in China, where clubs are willing to offer him wages up to £1 million per week.
The wage figures quoted by the Sun are too exorbitant to be true, even by the standards of the Chinese Super League. However the move itself could well be in the process of happening, with Rooney being one of the top transfer targets of Chinese clubs for quite some time now.
The Manchester United forward currently earns a reported £300,000 per week in a deal that runs till the summer of 2019. His market value has slowly been diminishing as the 31-year-old hits his twilight years, and it is as yet unclear whether United would demand a transfer fee as well for their aging captain.
The report also states that a move to America and the MLS is probably not on the cards for the Englishman, removing the possibility of a move to another league which has attracted the top aging talents of Europe in the past and continues to do so.
Wayne Rooney recently broke the record for most goals scored for Manchester United, which was previously held by Sir Bobby Charlton. The latter’s tally of 249 was overturned when Wazza whipped in a magical free-kick to equalize for United against Stoke City last week.
Rooney is now the all-time top scorer for both club and country, after a fairy tale career that has seen him go through a roller-coaster of emotions, excellence, criticism and triumph. However the records do not reflect his current status in both the set-ups.
The 31-year-old has been ousted out of the starting XI by manager Jose Mourinho, with United performing perceptibly better without the aging superstar. With the record now claimed and Rooney’s place in history established, both parties could be looking to part ways.
Wazza would be happy to sign one final big money contract, while the Red Devils will now look to their youth to emulate the success of an outbound legend.