Wayne Rooney has lit up the Premier League for close to 15 years, but there will come a time when his playing days in England come to a close.
The England captain's role at Manchester United has changed significantly over the past 18 months, with Louis van Gaal and subsequently Jose Mourinho utilising him behind the strikers instead of as an out-and-out goalscorer.
It's going to become more and more difficult for Rooney to maintain a first-team place at such a top club as he progresses into his thirties, so it's little surprise that attention is already turning to what will become of him when he finally moves on from Old Trafford.
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The Mirror are reporting that Major League Soccer bosses are already plotting to bring the 30-year-old to America and are confident they can throw enough money at him to fend off the temptation of the Chinese Super League.
One man who has a vested interest in monitoring the situation is Merritt Paulson, the owner of MLS champions Portland Timbers.
Paulson has confirmed, via the Mirror, that Rooney is already being considered as a target by MLS sides because of the impact he could have on football in the US.
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“Keeping in mind that (Rooney) is a very talented footballer, who has quality soccer ahead of him, you are not talking about a 34 or 35-year-old," he said.
“I get excited about the impact he would have in the MLS more than a guy who is coming in later in his career."
The Red Devils hitman is already on £300,000 a week at United, but his next move is likely to involve serious money, with both the MLS and the Chinese Super League keen to bring in football's biggest names to boost their profile - and as far as superstars go, they don't come much bigger than Rooney.
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