Manchester United have received an offer from a Chinese Super League club for Wayne Rooney and could sell the England international this summer.
This is according to the Manchester Evening News, who understand that United will only offload the 30-year-old if they can secure the services of a marquee signing first.
The report adds that Rooney remains the most marketable player at Manchester United - even though his performances, on the whole, have been underwhelming over the past few seasons - and the Red Devils would need to sign a superstar capable of marketing the products of the club’s global partners before agreeing to sell their star striker.
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Rooney, according to the same report, could earn at least £500,000-a-week if he swaps England for China - but it’s currently unclear whether the player would be open to such a move.
Despite the astronomical offer on the table, Rooney and his family are settled in the north-west of England. A return to Everton always appeared to be the most likely outcome for England’s all-time top goalscorer after his spell with Manchester United finally came to an end.
Ed Woodward has struggled in transfer market
Manchester United have chased potential marquee signings ever since Ed Woodward replaced David Gill in the summer of 2013.
Reports linking the Red Devils with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar have been constant over the past two-and-a-half years, but United have experienced mixed success in the transfer market since Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford.
Woodward has managed to secure deals for Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Bastian Schweinsteiger - three big-name signings - but Di Maria and Falcao both flopped under Louis van Gaal, while the ageing Schweinsteiger has also struggled to produce his best form at the Theatre of Dreams.
United may need Mourinho to attract big names
With United unlikely to seal Champions League football for next season following their 2-1 defeat to relegation-threatened Sunderland last weekend, securing a marquee signing could prove even tougher for Woodward this summer.
The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman’s chances might improve, though, if he and the Glazer family replace Van Gaal with the charismatic Jose Mourinho.
However, one superstar who will not be coming to Old Trafford if Mourinho is appointed manager this summer, according to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, is Ronaldo.
The relationship between Ronaldo and Mourinho reportedly broke down towards the end of their time working together at Real Madrid back in 2013.
Rooney is not the player he once was
Mourinho has always been a big fan of Rooney, but the striker is no longer the explosive player he once was.
He’s proved over recent weeks that he still has something to offer - but whether he should be starting week-in, week-out for one of the world’s biggest football clubs is another matter completely.
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