Wayne Rooney could be set for a sensational deadline-day move away from Manchester United with Beijing Guoan considering a £20 million bid for the club captain.
Manchester Evening News have claimed that Wayne Rooney could yet be on the receiving end of a bid from Far East. The club captain has been linked with offers of around £1 million per-week and it looks like he could be set for a sensational deadline-day move, with Beijing Guoan considering a £20 million approach for the 31-year-old.
Wayne Rooney has done it all. An array of records credited to his name, he has recently etched his name in Manchester United’s history by becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and the first Red Devil to score 250 goals, a feat that is likely to remain unmatched for a long long while.
But the player does seem like a distant shadow of his dominant self and has been used sparingly by new boss Jose Mourinho, who has recently confirmed that Rooney, along with Bastian Schweinsteiger, will not be leaving the club in January. But that hasn’t stopped suitors from registering their interest in the forward.
Unlike other top Chinese Super League clubs, Beijing Guoan don’t have many foreign superstars, with the club boasting of Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz and Brazilian Renato Augusto as the two prominent European recruits.
Manager Jose Manuel Gonzalez Lopez would surely love to have some new world-class faces at his disposal, like their competitors have. And as per the report, the Chinese outfit is keen to bring Wayne Rooney to the Chinese capital.
The club is ready to shelve out £20 million for the 31-year-old though, only one-third of the fee involved in Oscar’s arrival to China. The fee does look very little, considering Rooney still has two-and-a-half years left on his United career. Also, Rooney is though to favour a move to Major League Soccer, if at all, based on his comments 18 months ago.
MLS commissioner Don Garber had confirmed to the Manchester Evening News that while they are interested in Rooney, they would not move for Rooney until his deal at United runs out, out of respect for their relationship with the Glazer family, who own the club.
United fans would hope Mourinho’s words during the press conference ring true and that Rooney ends up staying till the end of the season and maybe beyond. Rooney would love to contribute to perhaps another successful Premier League campaign too, before saying his goodbyes to the club and its fans.