Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford is in China hoping to negotiate a potential transfer of the Manchester United star.
According to Simon Stone of the BBC, Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford has flown down to China to discuss a deal for his client over a potential move – either in February or the summer.
The Red Devils captain was linked with a move away from the club throughout the January transfer window, but decided to stay put at Old Trafford and become the leading goal scorer of all time for the Manchester outfit.
At 31, Rooney does not possess the same amount of speed and drive that he used to during his hay day. The goals in his game have dried down, and he is no long the sharpest with the ball at his feet.
Due to the aforementioned reasons, the club veteran has fallen down the pecking order this season, and the time may have arrived for him to bid farewell to the club where he gained recognition in the footballing world.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho recently admitted to the interest shown in his captain, and went on record to say that he will not come in the way of the player, should he decide to leave the club. The Portuguese also stated that he is unsure whether or not Rooney will be a United player within a week’s time.
The attacker has achieved all that he could have wanted in England, and it now looks like he has heart on set on embarking on a different chapter of what has been an illustrious footballing career.
Rooney previously stated that he would not play for any other Premier League side apart from his boyhood club Everton. However, with the Toffees not showing a sufficient amount of interest, the England international will be best suited to playing in pastures overseas.
Also, the United captain is currently earning a reported £300,000-a-week in wages – an amount Everton would not be able to match. On the other hand, due to the heavy financial backing of the central government, it will not be too much of an ordeal for the clubs in China to match, or even better his commendable wages.
They will, however, have to act fast as the Chinese Super League window is set to shut come the end of February – leaving them with only five more working days to get the deal done. At the current moment, negotiations appear to be in their initial stages, and are unlikely to conclude before February the 28th.
This will be a good opportunity for Rooney to cherish his final few months at the club and possibly win few more trophies before he walks out of the door at Old Trafford.