He may not be the first name on the Manchester United team sheet these days but Wayne Rooney now holds a special place in the history of the famous Old Trafford club having just broken the Red Devils’ goalscoring record.
With his career winding down, having won every one of club football’s domestic and European prizes available to him – aside from the Europa League, the England international could be about to make a huge payday before he hangs up his boots.
Being well settled in the north west, having grown up in Liverpool before joining United from Everton, it is less likely that Rooney will follow the path to China thread by Oscar and Carlos Tevez of late, but talk of ludicrous weekly wages may just tempt him east.
According to a report in The Sun, the 31-year-old could be offered a gargantuan £1 million-a-week by a Chinese Super League outfit (yes, you did read that right).
While earning £1 million-a-week may seem outrageous now, the fact that Tevez is reportedly bringing in a cool £615,00-a-week at Shanghai Shenhua adds a degree of credibility to Rooney potentially pocketing this simply staggering sum.
Should an offer even approaching this figure come Rooney’s way it will inevitably turn his head. One senses too that the striker’s time as a regular in United’s first team is now well and truly over and a couple of years in China before returning home with bulging pockets could be a wise financial decision at this stage in his career.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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