Despite the fact he’s not always enjoyed the most loving relationship with the Manchester United fans propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern, Wayne Rooney further cemented his place in the club’s history over the weekend with one stunning free-kick.
The England captain became the Red Devils’ record goalscorer against Stoke City with his last minute effort on Saturday and now holds that honour for both club and country. Amazingly, even the most ardent of Rooney haters in the Tavern were clapping him for such an amazing feat.
So reports from the Sun over the course of the weekend proved divisive. They claimed the 31-year-old was the latest big European name to be targeted by the mega-rich Chinese Super League, who are reportedly set to offer him an eye-watering wage.
He could be in line for a stunning £1m-per-week to move to the Far East and it’s also thought top brass at Old Trafford will not stand in his way should he opt to leave and enjoy the autumn of his career elsewhere. Such a contract would make him the highest paid player in the world by some distance, having lost his starting place under Jose Mourinho this term.
“There is a belief that Rooney might be allowed to leave United this summer, by which time he’ll have spent 13 years at the club and made more than 550 appearances”, a Chinese source told the paper.
“He would probably sign a two-year deal in China and will earn more in that time than he has done during the whole of his United career.
“It will be a big wrench for him and Coleen and their boys because they are very settled in Cheshire and Coleen in particular is very close to her family. The boys are happy at school.”
“But they both know a footballer’s career is a short one and it would be silly for Wayne not to maximise his earning potential, especially as he’s approaching the latter stages of his career.”