And here we thought the big story out of Old Trafford today would be Bastian Schweinsteiger heading to MLS. Nope!
Earlier today The Independent reported that Manchester United is prepared to let club captain Wayne Rooney return to Everton this summer.
The report suggests that United are willing to waive their transfer fee, allowing Rooney to come back to his boyhood club with no strings attached. Everton, apparently free of the constraints of trying to keep Romelu Lukaku, are prepared to give their prodigal son £150,000 per week (about $187,000) to lead the line.
The native Merseysider spent much of his youth career with Everton and premiered for the first team at the tender age of 16. He became a sensation in his two years with the senior squad at Goodison Park before being lured away by Manchester United in 2004, where he’s remained ever since. He’s earned five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, three League Cups, and a Champions League title, along with a host of individual honors. But the past season under José Mourinho has seen Rooney’s position become very fragile, and with his omission from the squad for upcoming England matches the time seems right for Rooney to make his nut somewhere else.
Nothing has been settled yet, and West Ham are reportedly still interested in poaching Rooney away. However this shakes out, it’s become very clear that, one way or another, Rooney’s time at Manchester United is almost up.