A common theme these last few transfer windows has been the increase in high profile players based in Europe swapping the riches of this continent for China.
The most recent move of note was of course Oscar’s £60 million transfer from Chelsea to Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG, where the Brazil international is set to pocket an eye-watering £400,000-a-week in wages.
Now it seems the next Premier League star on the wane who’s set to venture east is Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.
According to the Mirror, the Liverpool native will be offered potentially too good an offer to turn down – £700,000-a-week – to join one of two Super League clubs in the race for his signature, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao (current CSL champions) or Beijing Guoan.
This would make Rooney undoubtedly one of the wealthiest footballers on the planet, as he would be increasing his weekly wage packet by £400,000.
With the tabloid’s report claiming Beijing Guoan were in contact with the 31-year-old’s representatives last summer in a failed attempt to persuade him to move, it may not be as simple a deal as it reads for the England international, however. Despite his age, Rooney may feel he still has something to give to both English domestic and international football.
A move anywhere outside of Europe would surely put an end to his inclusion in England’s first XI at the very least.
However, with his future beyond the game to consider the potential of earning almost £36.5 million in just one year at a Chinese club may now be too tempting for a player clearly not the first name on manager Jose Mourinho’s teamsheet every week.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena