Manchester United’s all-time leading goal-scorer Wayne Rooney may yet leave the club for the Chinese Super League this month, according to The Telegraph.
The 31-year-old, who has played 549 times for the Red Devils since moving from Everton back in 2004, broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record with his 250th goal in the 1-1 draw against Stoke City last month.
However, a season of irregular first team opportunities – he has started just nine Premier League games this term – has thrown Rooney’s future at United into doubt, although he did remain at Old Trafford past the January 31 deadline.
Nonetheless, despite manager Jose Mourinho stating that his captain would remain at the club until the end of the season at least, recent reports suggest that some Chinese Super League sides are looking to strike a deal before their transfer window shuts on February 28.
With the England captain struggling for regular playing time at Old Trafford, a move to China could be tempting for the United forward, although with Mourinho’s men still in the FA Cup, Europa League, as well as the race for the top four in the league and the League Cup final, the United boss is sure to want to keep his squad in tact ahead of a busy schedule.
31-year-old Rooney still has 18 months left on his United deal, so it would take a sizable offer for the Red Devils to consider selling the forward.
Yet, as has been seen over the past few months, clubs in China are willing to pay whatever to get their targets, so they are unlikely to turn down the opportunity to secure Rooney’s signature, as he would become one of the biggest stars in the league alongside the likes of Oscar, Hulk, and Carlos Tevez if he made the move to Asia in the next ten days.