Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is all set to complete his move to his boyhood club Everton at the end of the season, as per the reports from Independent.
The same news outlet further claims that the sources close to both Everton and Manchester United are suggesting that the deal is “likely to happen” and Rooney will be returning to his former club on a free transfer. The 31-year-old is enduring a tough time this season and his involvement in Mourinho’s blueprint has been limited to just nine Premier League starts.
In 18 appearances so far, the English skipper has only managed to net 2 goals and five assists and it is quite fair to say that his time at Old Trafford is coming to an end. The aforementioned sources, a couple of days back, reported that Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United were interested in acquiring Rooney’s signature, but the 31-year-old will only prefer a move to Everton – the club he left as an 18-year-old.
Rooney’s misery has further continued globally as he has also been dropped from Gareth Southgate’s squad for Germany and Sunday’s home qualifier against Lithuania.
Rooney, on his part, previously said that the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be his last tournament for the Three Lions, but judging by the look of the things, his participation is looking very uncertain. Furthermore, Rooney had offers from far east and reports even claimed that the Chinese investors were ready to make him the highest earning sportsman, but the 31-year-old felt that he still has enough firepower within him to play the rigorous Premier League.
In addition to it, the outlet is also claiming that United will be looking to recoup a certain amount through the transfer, but the blue half of Merseyside would only be offering Rooney a deal of £150,000 a week. Hence, the deal might be affected with West ham in the picture, should the Hammers make a considerable bid for the record goal scorer.
£150,000 a week certainly will be a massive pay-cut for the England international, but staying in the Premier League will do a world of good for him. Everton will be able to offer him a regular first team football, hence the prospect of playing the World Cup next year will be on the cards.
What does the future holds for the English skipper remains to be seen, but Rooney leave the Old Trafford premises is certain.