Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney gets closer to exiting the club soon, and a move to Everton may be on the cards for him.
According to a report by Transfer Market Web, the England international is likely to say goodbye to Old Trafford and make a return to his boyhood club Everton.
Wayne Rooney has endured a tough time ever since Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal as manager. On one end of the spectrum he received rather limited opportunities, but on the other end, he has been struggling to stay fit and has been out-of-form for a while now.
Despite becoming United’s all-time record goalscorer, the captain might be on his way to Everton as reports emerge of Ronald Koeman being keen on signing Rooney for a second run on the Merseyside.
The first time that people took notice of Rooney was when he broke through the ranks at Goodison Park way back in 2002 as a 16-year-old, and marked his senior debut with an outstanding last minute winner against Arsenal.
That was undoubtedly a goal which showed his prodigious talent and he went on to carve an illustrious career for himself under the watchful eye of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Rooney left Everton for Old Trafford back in 2004 and is now United’s all time leading goalscorer, having scored 253 goals through his 13-year stay in Manchester.
Everton officials are in talks with Rooney’s representatives to work out a deal. The forward currently earns about £250,000 a week at Manchester United, and will apparently need to take a wage cut in order to return to Everton.
Everton are planning to reinvest money from the sales of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley to finance a move for Rooney.
If the move does end up happening, then Wayne Rooney may have made his final league appearance for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho admitted that the 31-year-old won’t feature in Sunday’s final Premier League fixture of theirs against Crystal Palace at home.
Rooney also has other offers on the table. The forward rejected the chance to play in the Chinese Super League in February, affirming his commitment to help United pick up some trophy this season.
However, Chinese clubs are reportedly planning to launch offers for Rooney again this summer and with Everton closing in, United’s all-time top record goalscorer might be denied an Old Trafford farewell since Mourinho will play a team of youngsters most likely.
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