Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been offered a huge deal worth £1 million a week to move to China in the summer, according to The Sun. Rooney currently earns £260,000 a week at Manchester United.
Clubs in the Far East have targeted the 31-year-old in a deal worth £60m as they aim to make him the latest high-profile star to make the move to the Chinese Super League.
Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time top goalscorer on Saturday, bagging his 250th club strike with a glorious free kick in stoppage time to grab a 1-1 draw at Stoke City.
The goal moves him above Sir Bobby Charlton in the club’s all-time list as the striker wrote his name into the club’s history books in fine style.
Despite his record-breaking feats, Rooney has been far from a regular for Jose Mourinho this season, and indeed only came on as a substitute at the Britannia Stadium.
There has been speculation this could be Rooney’s last season at United, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic having cemented his name as the first choice striker, with teenager Marcus Rashford as back-up.
The Sun quote a “source” as saying United could be willing to allow Rooney to leave in the summer as Mourinho continues to revamp his squad.
“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,” the tabloid’s source states.
“Even though he’ll have one year left on his contract, it’s a good time to go because he is now the top scorer in the club’s history.
“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.”
Chinese club Beijing Guoan claimed earlier this season to have made an approach for Rooney which was turned down by the player but the forward looks to be in-demand again this summer.
The England captain has already admitted he would never move to another Premier League club which could suggest a move abroad is on the cards.
Despite Rooney’s great success at United there is a growing feeling that his career at the club is coming to an end.
He has been relegated to a bit-part player under Mourinho who is spoiled for attacking choices currently and heavily linked with a move for Antoine Griezmann this summer which would only reduce Rooney’s chances of first-team action further.