Manchester United captain is reportedly set to return to boyhood club Everton having completed his medical with the Merseyside club
According to a report in Sky Sports, Wayne Rooney’s time at Manchester United is nearing its end after he completed his medical at Everton. The Englishman is, thus, set to make a return to his boyhood club in the summer transfer window, 13 years after he joined the Red Devils.
Rooney is arguably one of the greatest ever players to pull on a Manchester United shirt, having been one of the cornerstones of their success for over a decade. The move to Old Trafford has been nothing short of spectacular for the player who has laid his hands on every trophy there is to win at the club level.
On top of that, Rooney has etched his place in history after he became Manchester United’s all-time top scorer last season. The 31-year-old now has 253 goals for the Red Devils. Rooney is also the record goalscorer for the England national side, having found the back of the net 53 times for the Three Lions.
Wayne Rooney has arrived at Everton’s Finch Farm to undergo a medical ahead of a return to his former club. pic.twitter.com/vmmMACkdrX
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However, having enjoyed such a glittering career at Old Trafford, Rooney is set to leave Manchester United this summer after what was arguably the worst ever season of his senior career.
The veteran forward made a career-low 25 starts in Jose Mourinho’s side, falling down the pecking order as the campaign wore on. The player ended the season with a paltry return of 8 goals and 10 assists.
Thus, his time at Old Trafford has been slowly nearing its end, with widespread reports linking him to a fairytale return to boyhood club Everton. The Toffees’ boss Ronald Koeman is admittedly a huge admirer of Rooney’s talents, and has given several indications in recent months that a move could be on the cards.
Meanwhile, Rooney has previously insisted that he would only be open to playing for Everton, apart from Manchester United, should he continue in the Premier League. And it now looks like the dream return is set to happen soon, following the completion of his medical at Goodison Park.
The move back to Everton is also likely to afford Rooney regular game time as he also targets a return to Gareth Southgate’s squad ahead of next year’s World Cup. Up front, he can contend with new addition, Sandro Ramirez to play as a striker, while also staking claim to play as a number 10, with Ross Barkley being heavily linked to a summer exit.
It now remains to be seen if Rooney is able to enjoy a successful return to Everton, with his exit from Manchester United set to happen before the Red Devils take off for the pre-season tour to the USA.