Manchester United have received an offer for Wayne Rooney from an unnamed Chinese club, according to the Manchester Evening News, and are considering accepting the offer and allowing the Englishman to leave Old Trafford after 12 years at the club.
However, it is understood that the acceptance of the offer depends on whether The Red Devils can bring in a star signing to replace him and to keep fans happy. In recent weeks, they have been linked with Neymar and Gareth Bale, among others, who could be the player to come in and allow Rooney to jet off to East Asia.
As his time at Manchester United reaches its closing years, Rooney is repeatedly being linked with places where he could earn an even more lucrative amount of money for plying his trade, including Los Angeles FC last summer. Over the last month, China has seen an influx of high-quality European players, and Rooney could soon join them in the Chinese Super League. Indeed, Alex Teixiera and Ramires both signed for Jiangsu Suning in January, while Jackson Martinez moved to Guangzhou Evergrande just six months after moving to Atletico Madrid. Ezequiel Lavezzi has just completed a move to Hebei China Fortune, where he’s reported to be on £400,000 per week.
Amid the reports of an unknown club bidding for Rooney, Shanghai SIPG manager Sven Goran Erikkson said last week that he thinks Rooney could be the next player to move to the CSL: “Who doesn’t want Rooney?”
“Sooner or later, we are going to see names like Ronaldo, Messi and Rooney in this league – players on this level.”
Wayne Rooney is set for his testimonial at Old Trafford this summer, and could soon call time on his United career, after many trophies during over a decade in Manchester.