LA Galaxy are trying to lure Wayne Rooney into joining the club and the MLS side have even begun asking advisors how much the Englishman, who turned 31 on Monday, would cost.
Prior to the injury which has kept him out of Manchester United's last two matches, Rooney had endured a miserable start to the season, scoring just once (on the opening weekend) and not starting a Premier League game since the 3-1 defeat at Watford on September 18.
The Galaxy could be about to lose current star Steven Gerrard and are keen on replacing him with the Man United skipper, who has already been told by manager Jose Mourinho that he must leave Old Trafford if he wants regular first-team football.
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With Gerrard likely to leave LA Galaxy at the end of the year and hinting at a possible retirement, the American side are set to have a designated player spot open up within their squad.
These limited spots are for players who are paid outside of the league's salary cap and, at the moment, LA Galaxy's three spots are filled by Gerrard, their captain and Republic of Ireland's all-time top scorer Robbie Keane and talented ex-Barcelona Mexican Giovani dos Santos.
Rooney could help LA Galaxy grow
From a marketing standpoint, Keane is very profitable with America's Irish community, while Giovani is precisely the same with regards to the country's hispanic contingent.
If former Liverpool skipper Gerrard was to exit the club, as reported by The Mirror, they see Rooney not only as the man to fill that void but also as a high-profile superstar who can help them grow in Europe and across Asia.
Rooney's United career
Ever since being dropped from the starting XI, major questions have been asked surrounding both Rooney's immediate and long-term future, and although he is capable of playing in many different roles, his poor form has seen him slip considerably down the pecking order.
Earlier this week, The Sun claimed that Rooney has no intention of leaving United and will refuse to do so until he breaks Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goalscoring record - something which he is four goals away from doing.
Could a deal happen?
He has previously stated that he will never play for another Premier League club besides United and his boyhood team Everton, so a switch to California may be a viable, appealing escape route for England's all-time top scorer, but only time will tell.
One thing that is certain is that, should a deal happen anytime in the future, it would cost LA Galaxy significantly more to sign Rooney than it does for them to have Gerrard on the books.
Currently, Gerrard receives around £5 million per year, whereas Rooney is earning substantially more at a whopping £13 million each year.
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